Mathematic Study Clears Path for Super-Crops
How some plant species evolved super-efficient photosynthesis had been a mystery. Now, scientists have identified what steps led to that change.
Around three percent of all plants use an advanced form of photosynthesis, which allows them to capture more carbon dioxide, use less water and grow more rapidly. Overall this makes them over 50 percent more efficient than plants that use the less efficient form.
A new study has traced back the evolutionary paths of all the plants that use advanced photosynthesis, including maize, sugar cane and millet, to find out how they evolved the same ability independently, despite not being directly related to one another.
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