Article Correctness Is Author's Responsibility: Photosynthesis varies greatly across rice cultivars–natural diversity could boost yields

(Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) A team from the University of Illinois and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) examined how 14 diverse varieties photosynthesize--the process by which all crops convert sunlight energy into sugars that ultimately become our food. Looking at a little-studied attribute of photosynthesis, they found small differences in photosynthetic efficiency under constant conditions, but a 117 percent difference in fluctuating light, suggesting a new trait for breeder selection.