Enhanced Growth of Transgenic Crop Plants
Use of cyanobacterial gene (from algae) improves efficiency of photosynthesis in crop plants Plants in the C3 grouping—wheat, rice, barley, potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage, flowering ornamentals, and others—expected to respond strongly to the cyanobacterial gene Enhances growth, especially in low humidity environments typical of agricultural field conditions in many parts of the world Seeds of transgenic plants expected to have enormous value to seed companies and farmers growing relevant crops Our Innovation
Development of a DNA construct bearing a gene involved in CO2 uptake from a blue-green alga (cyanobacterium) that facilitates photosynthetic productivity. Transformation of specified plants with this DNA construct results in faster growth.
Faster growth Increased yields Development Milestones
Performing field experiments with transgenic plants Expressing the cyanobacterial gene in varied crops to examine growth and flowering time to examine feasibility of using the gene in additional crops The Opportunity
Growth in world demand for transgenic seeds was approximately 12 percent annually through 2006
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