September 18, 2014 | Rohan

I'm amazed that plants take water, air and sunlight, and turn them into more plants and ultimately our food. But this growth takes time. Wouldn't it be great if the process were quicker?

Researchers hack plants to get them to grow faster by tweaking their RuBisCO enzymes, which convert carbon dioxide to sugar. They take RuBisCO from faster-growing blue-green algae, and carefully transplant it into test plants.

Results show that modified plants convert carbon dioxide to sugar faster than normal plants. I hope one day this feat helps food growers everywhere.

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Researchers experiment on tobacco plants (Nicotiana tabacum) as genetic engineers find them very easy to work with.

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