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Tobacco plants have been modified with a protein found in algae to improve their photosynthesis and increase growth, while using less water, in a new advance that could point the way to higher-yielding crops in a drought-afflicted future. The technique focuses on photosynthesis, the complex process by which plants are able to use sunlight and carbon dioxide to produce nutrients that fuel their growth. Enhancing photosynthesis would produce huge benefits to agricultural productivity , but the complexities of the process have stymied many past attempts to harness it. In research published in the journal Nature Plants , scientists used genetic manipulation processes to increase an enzyme tha... Full story

10 August