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Plant biology

Engineered male sterility

The phenomenon of ‘cytoplasmic male sterility’ in plants has long been exploited to enhance the productivity of certain crops. An innovative genetic-engineering system promises to widen applicability of the approach.

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Figure 1: Engineering cytoplasmic male sterility with β-ketothiolase1.


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Khan, M. Engineered male sterility. Nature 436, 783–785 (2005).

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