GM rice ‘thrives in poor soils’

BBC: A gene from wild Indian rice plants can significantly raise the yield of common varieties in nutrient-poor soils. Scientists from the International Rice Research Institute (Irri) identified a gene that helps uptake of phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium, and transferred it into commercial strains. Their yield was about 60% above normal in phosphorus-poor soils, the team reports in the journal Nature. Large swathes of Asia have soil that is phosporus-deficient. The gene came from a variety......

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