University of Essex

Research to increase major food crops

University of Essex research is hoping to help feed the world in the future.

In partnership with Lancaster University and Rothamstad Research, researchers have developed wheat plants that can carry out photosynthesis much more efficiently, meaning the plants produce crops at a faster rate.

Essex scientists have also found a way to increase the production of a common, naturally occurring protein in plant leaves, which could increase the yields of major food crops by almost 50%. This could be vital to feeding the world’s growing population in the decades ahead.

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