World universities are working on increasing photosynthesis in agricultural crops

Updated Sep 23, 2023
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, in 2022, almost three out of ten people around the world experienced a lack of food, and more than a tenth experienced a serious food shortage, the press service of the Ministry of Agricultural Policy reports in a review of foreign media. One aspect of plant growth that has not seen significant improvement is conversion efficiency—how efficiently a plant converts solar radiation into biomass through photosynthesis. Professor Steve Long of the University of Illinois says photosynthesis in modern crop varieties such as wheat and soybeans has barely improved in decades. Follow the news in a convenient format: Follow us on Twitter Professor Long and his team used powerful computers to create a digital counterpart of the photosynthesis process. He can customize this process in a million ways. From these millions of options, the software can determine the ones that will bring the biggest improvements. Changes in ...
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