Boost soybean yields by adapting photosynthesis to fleeting shadows, according to model
Postdoctoral Researcher Yu Wang (left) and Ikenberry Endowed Professor Stephen Long (right)
Postdoctoral Researcher Yu Wang (left) and Ikenberry Endowed Professor Stephen Long (right)
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February 24, 2020
 

Komorebi is a Japanese word that describes how light filters through leaves—creating shifting, dappled “sunflecks” that illustrate plants’ ever-changing light environment. Crops harness light energy to fix carbon dioxide into food via photosynthesis. In a special issue of Plant Journal, a team from the University of Illinois reports a new mathematical computer model that is used to understand how much yield is lost as soybean crops grapple with minute-by-minute light fluctuations on cloudy and sunny days. 

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