• Kate Ayers

Scientists put top wheat varieties to the test

Updated: May 20, 2020

Researchers are working together to uncover the mechanisms of photosynthesis to increase food production.

As part of this feat, scientists put elite wheat varieties to the test to discover which ones best performed photosynthesis, said an October release from Australia’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis (CoETP).

The top performing varieties were over 30 per cent better than the worst performing ones, the scientists found. Genes – rather than environmental conditions – accounted for up to 90 per cent of the yield differences.

"The results that we obtained from our ‘Photosynthesis Olympics,’ as we like to call them, are very exciting because we have demonstrated that there is scope to make plants more efficient, even for varieties working in the best conditions possible,” Robert Furbank, a CoETP professor and study author, said in the release.

“This means, for example, that breeders have the potential to get more yield from a plant with the same amount of nitrogen applied."

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