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Ears, shoots and leaves

Semi-dwarf cereal varieties have greatly increased crop yields due to their reduced stature, but they also reduce individual spike (ear) size. However, these traits appear to be regulated by distinct pathways, opening new opportunities to develop higher yielding crops.

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Fig. 1: DELLA proteins are growth repressors that regulate the size of shoot tissues.


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Atkinson, J., Wangenheim, D.v., Band, L.R. et al. Ears, shoots and leaves. Nature Plants 3, 686–687 (2017).

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