Gene Network Lets Plant Roots Handle Nitrogen

UC Davis plant biologist Siobhan Brady examines roots of tomato plants in her lab.
UC Davis plant biologist Siobhan Brady examines roots of tomato plants in her lab. Brady’s team and colleagues at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have discovered the network of genes that allow plant roots to take up and process nitrogen. The information could help in breeding new crop varieties. David Slipher/UC Davis

With robotics, computers and advanced genetics, researchers at the University of California, Davis, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have established a core set of genes that help plants metabolize nitrogen, the key to plant growth and crop yield. 

Via College of Biological Sciences

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