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Understanding and exploiting mechanisms controlling seed size and seed yield in crop plants

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source:  |  time:2016-06-02

JIC partner: Mike Bevan

IGDB partner: Yunhai Li

 

Mike Bevan at JIC and Yunhai Li at IGDB in Beijing have a collaborative research programme  that is identifying genes in Arabidopsis and rice that influence seed and organ size, and yield. They have identified a novel mechanism that controls the duration of cell proliferation during organ formation. Mutations of components of this system develop organ with more cells and are therefore larger. Our future work aims to understand more about the mechanisms involved as they provide new insights into a poorly understood part of biology, and because this knowledge is increasingly important for making new crops that have higher yields of seeds.

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