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Changes Upstream: RIPE team uses CRISPR/Cas9 to alter photosynthesis for the first time

A RIPE team used CRISPR/Cas9 to increase gene expression in rice by changing its upstream regulatory DNA. Their work is the first unbiased gene-editing approach to increase gene expression and downstream photosynthetic activity and was recently...
3-Jun-2024 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Engineered increase in mesophyll conductance improves photosynthetic efficiency in field trial

Researchers have engineered mesophyll conductance, which plays a key role in photosynthesis and refers to the ease with which CO2 can move through a leaf’s cells before ultimately becoming sugar to feed the plant. Their results are featured in an...
26-Apr-2024 3:15 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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RIPE researchers determine chloroplast size unlikely option for improving photosynthetic efficiency

A group of RIPE researchers have found, for the first time, that chloroplast size manipulations are unlikely to be an option for increasing crop photosynthetic efficiency. Their work was recently published in New Phytologist.
26-Jun-2023 9:55 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Unveiling the secrets of green pods: The role of soybean pods and seeds in photosynthesis

Many people study photosynthesis in plant leaves, but since the pods and immature seeds (edamame) of soybean plants are also green, they are receiving chlorophyll and should be studied as well. Researchers with the RIPE Project discovered that...
14-Jun-2023 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites


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Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) is an international research project that is engineering crops to be more productive by improving photosynthesis, the natural process all plants use to convert sunlight into energy and yields. By equipping farmers with higher-yielding crops, we can ensure that everyone has access to enough food to lead a healthy, productive life.

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