Comparing photosynthetic differences between wild and domesticated rice
Infrared gas analyzer measures photosynthetic activity in a rice leaf.
Infrared gas analyzer measures photosynthetic activity in a rice leaf.

URBANA, Ill. -- Millions of people in Asia are dependent on rice as a food source. Believed to have been domesticated as early as 6000 BCE, rice is an important source of calories globally. In a new study from the RIPE project, researchers compared domesticated rice to its wild counterparts to understand the differences in their photosynthetic capabilities. The results can help improve future rice productivity.

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