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Rice Breeders Report 'Eye-Popping' Productivity Gains

The grain that feeds half the world may have taken a big leap forward. Scientists report the biggest improvements in rice productivity in decades. If the results hold up in further tests, it could greatly increase harvests of a critical staple crop at a time when global population growing rapidly. Researchers found one version of a gene that increased the number of branches in the flowering part of the plant. Each plant produced more rice as a result. They used conventional...

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