For this study, he focused on a single type of molecule in trichomes – acyl sugars. The secrets Last and a team of MSU scientists found from studying these specialized metabolites open an evolutionary window for the emerging field of plant defence metabolism, insights that could lead to engineering advances for better pest resistance and human medicine.
Researchers have increased plant productivity by boosting levels of three proteins involved in photosynthesis, offering hope for improving food crops
In field trials, the scientists saw 14–20% increases in the productivity of their modified tobacco plants, according to the new study published in the journal Science.
A professor from the University of Reading has joined the board of a global food research and development charity, whose aim is to provide food security for billions of people around the globe.
The World Vegetable Center works across Asia and Africa to alleviate poverty and malnutrition in developing countries, and has appointed Professor Richard Ellis as one of three new directors of the centre.