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To meet the growing demand for food, substantial improvements in yields are needed. This is particularly the case for wheat, where global yield has stagnated in recent years. Increasing photosynthesis has been identified as a primary target to achieve yield improvements. To increase leaf photosynthesis in wheat, the level of the Calvin-Benson cycle enzyme sedoheptulose-1,7-biphosphatase (SBPase) has been increased through transformation and expression of a Brachypodium dystachion SBPase gene construct. Transgenic lines with increased SBPase protein levels and activity were grown under greenhouse conditions and showed enhanced leaf photosynthesis and increased total biomass and dry seed yield. This showed the potential of improving yield potential by increasing leaf photosynthesis in a crop species such as wheat. The results are discussed with regards to future strategies for further improvement of photosynthesis in wheat.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Aug 2017|
- Calvin-Benson cycle
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- Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Department of Life Sciences - Chair in Translational Genomics for Plant Breeding
Person: Teaching And Research
- 1 Finished
BBSRC Core Strategic Programme in Resilient Crops: Grasslands Gogerddan
Armstead, I., Donnison, I., Jones, H., Skot, L., Fernandez Fuentes, N., Phillips, D., Kingston-Smith, A. & Bosch, M.
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
01 Apr 2017 → 31 Mar 2020
Project: Externally funded research