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Iowa State, Salk Researchers Make Plant Protein Discovery That Could Boost Bioeconomy
May 13, 2012
Research groups from Iowa State University and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found three proteins involved in the accumulation of fatty acids in plants. The discovery could help plant scientists boost seed oil production in crops. And that could boost the production of biorenewable fuels and chemicals. The discovery has been published by nature.com.
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