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Newly Discovered "Scarecrow" Gene Might Trigger Big Boost in Food Production

January 24, 2013

biology graphic With projections of 9.5 billion people by 2050, humanity faces the challenge of feeding modern diets to additional mouths, while using the same amounts of water, fertilizer and arable land as today. Cornell University researchers have taken a leap toward meeting those needs by discovering the "Scarecrow" gene that could lead to new varieties of staple crops with 50 percent higher yields. Full Story

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