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Research discovery could provide strategy to increase potato yields

James Hutton Institute plant scientists in the UK have discovered that a specific protein encoded by the potato genome is a key component of tuberisation, the process by which the potato plant initiates and develops tubers, according to an article published recently by the UK based potato magazine, Potato Review.

The author of the article writes that this discovery could be a key factor in increasing productivity, particularly in parts of the world where climate change is occurring and plant stress limits uptake.

The research findings have been unveiled in the latest issue of The Plant Journal, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the European Union

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