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New Plant Protein Discoveries Could Ease Global Food and Fuel Demands

May 1, 2013

image of a cornfield in England New discoveries of the way plants transport important substances across their biological membranes to resist toxic metals and pests, increase salt and drought tolerance, control water loss and store sugar can have profound implications for increasing the supply of food and energy for Earth's rapidly growing global population. Full Story

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