The C4 Rice Project addresses one of the scientific grand challenges of the 21st century. Predicted population increases mean that the area of rice production that fed 27 people in 2010 will have to feed 43 people by 2050. By using technology to introduce C4 biochemical pathways that function in maize, photosynthesis in rice could be supercharged to increase production. Prof Jane Langdale will review current research and explore how this revolutionary project could increase yield with lower inputs and less water.
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