Algal proteins may boost crop yields

Proteins discovered in algae could be used to engineer faster-growing crops, according to researchers at the Universities of York and Princeton.
26 September 2017
Presented by Stevie Bain
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By 2050, it is estimated that we will need around a 50% increase in crop yield to feed our rapidly growing population. However, it turns out that algae - the slimy green layer often found on the surface of ponds in summer -  may provide a solution to this problem. Stevie Bain chatted with Luke Mackinder from The University of York about how a better understanding of algae may allow us to engineer fast-growing crops … 

 

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