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Rice with and without the PSTOL1 gene for phosphorous uptake - GN7_7969-1

The two rice plant rows on the left are bigger and growing much better – they have the PSTOL1 gene, whereas the two rice plant rows on the right do not have the PSTOL1 gene and they look smaller.

The PSTOL1 gene – short for Phosphorus Starvation Tolerance – helps rice grow bigger and better root systems that help them access more of the essential plant nutrient phosphorus that is lacking in many rice growing areas. When grown in phosphorus deficient soils PSTOL1 rice can out-yield its non-PSTOL1 counterpart by 20%.

    

The Pup1 gene – short for Phosphorus Uptake – helps rice grow bigger and better root systems that help

them access more of the essential plant nutrient phosphorus that is lacking in many rice growing areas.

When grown in phosphorus deficient soils Pup1 rice can out-yield its non-Pup1 counterpart by 20%.

 

Part of the image collection of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

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Taken on February 17, 2012