Easy RNA adjustment increases yield by 50%

In a new study, scientists focused on a protein called FTO - the first known protein that

erases chemical labels on RNA. The researchers knew that FTO affects RNA, influencing cell growth in humans and animals, so they tried to introduce this gene into rice plants.

As a result, in laboratory conditions, they gave threetimes more rice. In real field trials, the plants grew 50% more in weight and produced 50% more rice. They showed excellent growth and more developed root systems, and were also better able to withstand drought stress. The analysis also showed that the plants had an increased rate of photosynthesis.

Scientists have repeated experiments with potato plants that belong to a completely different family. The results were the same.

It is important to note that this technique gave the samethe results for both rice and potatoes, which are not particularly closely related. This suggests that it can work on a wide variety of plants, increasing their resistance to climate change.

Research published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

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