もっと枝豆ください November 3, 2016Posted by stuffilikenet in Awesome, Mutants, Science.
Scientists at Washington State University have kicked up soybean yields 36% by increasing the number of genes coding for nitrogen-transporting proteins. They also believe the genetically-modified soybean plants may be drought-resistant and probably other stressors as well.
Soybeans have a unique ability to fix nitrogen from the air, rather than from their roots due to a symbiotic relationship with the bacteria rhizobia (Gram-negative, motile, non-sporulating rods). This happy partnership will make my edamame appetizer in the local sushi parlor more profitable for the restaurant and me able to drink more beer with it.1 : )
1. Science really is the servant of man, isn’t it?
Homework: Carter, Amanda M. and Tedeger, Mechthild. Increasing Nitrogen Fixation and Seed Development in Soybean Requires Complex Adjustments of Nodule Nitrogen Metabolism and Partitioning Processes, Current Biology Volume 26, Issue 15, 8 August 2016, Pages 2044–2051.,