15 July 1999
Scientists identify dwarf plant gene

SCIENTISTS at the John Innes Centre in the UK have identified a “dwarfing” gene that played a key role in the green revolution in agricultural production, reports the Financial Times

The discovery opens up the possibility of quickly developing, higher-yielding varieties of a range of crops.

A dwarf plant puts less of its resources into stalks and more into the developing grains, with a resultant increase in yields.

  • Financial Times 15/07/99 page 10 (Technology Worth Watching)