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Improving crops from the roots

University of Nottingham scientist Ive De Smet and colleagues from different research institutions have demonstrated in a study that the root growth of plants can be altered to significantly improve crop growth and yield in different environmental conditions.

The researchers modulated the levels of the protein transcription factor WRKY23 in Arabidopsis and analyzed its effects on root development.The research team's findings can be used to develop new crops with improved root system, enabling them to resist harsh environmental changes.

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