This Week in PNAS

In a paper published online in advance in PNAS this week, a team led by investigators at the US Department of Agriculture shows that "overexpression of the maize Corngrass1 microRNA prevents flowering, improves digestibility, and increases starch content of switchgrass." The researchers show that several greenhouse and field grown plants into which the Cg1 gene was transferred showed up to 250 percent more starch and "a complete inhibition of flowering."

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