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Nature. 2013 May 2;497(7447):60-6. doi: 10.1038/nature11909.

Using membrane transporters to improve crops for sustainable food production.

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Division of Biological Sciences, Food and Fuel for the 21st Century Center, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093-0116, USA. jischroeder@ucsd.edu

Abstract

With the global population predicted to grow by at least 25 per cent by 2050, the need for sustainable production of nutritious foods is critical for human and environmental health. Recent advances show that specialized plant membrane transporters can be used to enhance yields of staple crops, increase nutrient content and increase resistance to key stresses, including salinity, pathogens and aluminium toxicity, which in turn could expand available arable land.

PMID:
23636397
PMCID:
PMC3954111
DOI:
10.1038/nature11909
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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