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Yield increase: GRFs provide the key

Three independent genetic studies reveal that the GRF–miR396 module regulates rice grain yield by controlling the number of spikelets or the size of individual grains. These findings provide promising targets for significantly increasing crop yield.

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Figure 1: Research on growth-regulating factors (GRFs) benefits from using two models — rice (left) and Arabidopsis thaliana (right).


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