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Supercharged Plants Aim to Boost Food Production

Scientists have supercharged plant growth by making them more responsive to changes in light and shade. The researchers hope what they have learned by souping up experimental plants will someday help feed a hungry world. Plants turn sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into food through a process called photosynthesis. "It is the driving force behind all of life," says University of Illinois plant biologist Steve Long. "Arguably, photosynthesis is the most important...

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