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Breaking the species barrier to allow hybridization of C3 and C4 cereals

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  • UserGreg Reeves, Hibberd group World_link
  • ClockThursday 07 May 2020, 13:00-13:30
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Introgression of C4 photosynthesis into C3 crops could significantly enhance yield, by alleviating photorespiratory losses. However, this objective is challenging because the C4 pathway involves complex modifications to leaf biochemistry and anatomy. This seminar will focus on the development of a new technology that allows asexual hybridization of C3 and C4 monocots, including important crops such as wheat. This method may facilitate transfer of C4 photosynthesis into C3 species through breeding. More broadly, it may enable the incorporation of other complex traits between sexually incompatible species for crop improvement.

This talk is part of the Plant Sciences Departmental Seminars series.

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