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Compact plants enhance productivity

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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Fig. 1: Architecture optimization through tailoring stem length in cucurbits.


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Dong, NQ., Lin, HX. Compact plants enhance productivity. Nat. Plants 8, 1335–1336 (2022).

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