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posted by mrpg on Wednesday June 13, @12:15AM   Printer-friendly
from the plant-based-science dept.

New research led by an Iowa State University agronomist identifies clear patterns in how plants react to different environments that could lead to new ways of predicting crop performance.

The research focuses on flowering time in sorghum, a globally cultivated cereal plant, but the results could have implications for nearly all crops, said Jianming Yu, professor of agronomy and the Pioneer Distinguished Chair in Maize Breeding. The study, published recently in the peer-reviewed academic journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, focuses on phenotypic plasticity, or the way plant traits respond to environmental factors.

[...] The three geographical regions in the study presented a wide range of environmental conditions, and, at first, the data presented no obvious patterns, he said. But when the researchers zeroed in on "photothermal time," a window of time that's crucial to a plant's development when it processes the environmental cues of sunlight and temperature, everything fell into place.

[...] "Not just the overall performance and its prediction, this represents an elegant framework in which scientists can better understand the intricate dynamics of gene effects, the ups and downs, along this environmental gradient," Yu said.


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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 13, @12:23AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 13, @12:23AM (#692164)

    OK, I have all the free entertainment I could ever want; thank you, internet.

    So now we have abundant crop yields and more food than anyone could eat, I expect free food.

    What? I have to travel back in time two thousand years to get my free bread?

    The Roman Empire was more civilized than your pathetic internet age.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Wednesday June 13, @12:48AM

    by takyon (881) Subscriber Badge <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Wednesday June 13, @12:48AM (#692175) Journal

    All you have to do to get your free bread is go to the distribution center.

    Yes, it's a dumpster.
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  • (Score: 2) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Wednesday June 13, @04:46AM

    most of the shows at the Coliseum in Rome were funded by Senators or other well-heeled folk.

    They always had a good crowd as they'd throw wooden balls that contained such prizes as the titles to apartments right there in Rome.

    The gladiators were captured slaves who were highly trained before they appeared onstage because they always fought to the death.

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