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UC Riverside researchers develop low-carb corn with enhanced protein and oil

the level of cytokinin may determine whether abortion occurs and this knowledge can be used to engineer grain to improve its nutrient and economic value.

"Such improvement would be particularly important for those who depend on grain as their primary source of dietary protein which includes many people in the third world," said Gallie.

Although food production is currently sufficient to feed the world's population, projected population growth is expected to outstrip food production by mid-century. The traditional approaches and improvements in agricultural practices used in the past to increase grain productivity are unlikely to generate the productivity gains needed for the future according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Gallie's findings may provide a useful approach toward the goal of feeding the world's population.


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Contact: Ricardo Duran
ricardo.duran@ucr.edu
909-787-5893
University of California - Riverside
3-May-2004


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