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Feeding the World: Re-engineering Photosynthesis to Make Crops Grow Bigger, Faster

Mon Oct 12, 2020
Paul South, assistant professor of plant physiology in the LSU Department of Biological Sciences with a joint appointment in the LSU AgCenter, has engineered a shortcut in plants to make photosynthesis more efficient. So far, he’s tried it in tobacco plants and observed up to a 40-percent increase in growth, but the main idea and next step will be to transfer this shortcut into crops to feed the world, such as rice, wheat, soybeans, and cassava (tapioca). South is about to start experimenting with black-eyed peas.This video was created in collaboration between LSU and The University of Illinois.