A Synthetic Metabolism Approach For Boosting Plant Yields
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Arren is an Independent Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm.

                       

A Synthetic Metabolism Approach For Boosting Plant Yields

In “An Essay on the Principle of Population”, published in 1798, Thomas Malthus put forward his famous population trap concept, postulating the end of human population growth due to a shortage of food supply. Since then, we have made a rather good job of postponing the inevitable. The Haber-Bosch process, developed at the beginning of the 20th century, provided an unlimited amount of nitrogen fertilizer. The Green Revolution, in the middle of the last century, boosted agricultural yields worldwide by...

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The vast majority of fuels and chemicals used by humans are made from fossil carbon. Bioproduction from microorganisms, such as bacteria or yeast, might provide a way to wean us from our dependence on these unsustainable sources. In fact, microbes are already cultured at a huge scale across the planet – think breweries – and have been handled and processed by experts for centuries. Yet, in order to grow and produce a chemical of interest, microbes must be supplied with...

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