Chinese scientists identify yield-boosting rice gene

SciDev.Net: Researchers in China have identified a rice gene that could improve both the quality and yield of the staple crop. Xiangdong Fu, a geneticist at the Institute of Genetics and Development Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China, and colleagues first discovered the gene -- known as GW8 -- while studying basmati rice in Pakistan. Basmati rice is well known for its good grain quality. The researchers found that this feature is influenced by the presence of a gene known as GW8,......

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