The long and trailing vines of most cucurbits represent an undomesticated trait that hampers dense planting and yields, and also incurs a high labour cost. A targeted artificial evolution strategy was developed to suppress stem elongation of cucurbits in a dose-dependent manner, thereby enhancing yield and reducing labour costs.
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Dong, NQ., Lin, HX. Compact plants enhance productivity. Nat. Plants 8, 1335–1336 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-022-01311-x