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Feeding the world: improving photosynthetic efficiency for sustainable crop production

Simkin, Andrew J and López-Calcagno, Patricia E and Raines, Christine A (2019) 'Feeding the world: improving photosynthetic efficiency for sustainable crop production.' Journal of Experimental Botany, 70 (4). 1119 - 1140. ISSN 0022-0957

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A number of recent studies have provided strong support demonstrating that improving the photosynthetic processes through genetic engineering can provide an avenue to improve yield potential. The major focus of this review is on improvement of the Calvin–Benson cycle and electron transport. Consideration is also given to how altering regulatory process may provide an additional route to increase photosynthetic efficiency. Here we summarize some of the recent successes that have been observed through genetic manipulation of photosynthesis, showing that, in both the glasshouse and the field, yield can be increased by >40%. These results provide a clear demonstration of the potential for increasing yield through improvements in photosynthesis. In the final section, we consider the need to stack improvement in photosynthetic traits with traits that target the yield gap in order to provide robust germplasm for different crops across the globe.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Calvin–Benson cycle, sink capacity, synthetic biology, yield potential
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2019 09:59
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2019 11:15

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