Bayer, Shanghai Institutes team up enhance crop yields

Bayer, Shanghai Institutes team up to enhance crop yields

5:21 PM, 14th June 2017
Bayer, Shanghai Institutes team up to enhance crop yields

MONHEIM, GERMANY: Bayer has entered into a two-year research agreement with the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBS) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The aim of the agreement is to improve wheat yields by sharing cutting-edge science and applying new models for improved photosynthetic efficiency in plants.

Under the new collaboration, researchers from SIBS will work closely together with Bayer on developing and validating a wheat canopy photosynthesis model.

“The world population is growing, and arable land is limited. The crops of the future will have to deliver top performance, especially in wheat, which accounts for about 20 percent of the world’s food energy intake today,” said Jeroen Van Rie, Crop Efficiency Trait Research expert and Bayer’s lead scientist in the project.

Prof Zhu Xinguang, principal investigator of the Plant Systems Biology group at Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology (SIPPE), added, “Improving photosynthesis is one of the most promising approaches now to dramatically improve crop productivity. Model-based analyses are an effective way to identify new options to enhance photosynthesis. In this new grant, we will develop advanced wheat canopy photosynthesis models to help guide future wheat breeding.”

Computer simulations suggest that changes in plant architecture would allow for higher levels of photosynthesis lower in the canopy, thereby greatly increasing canopy photosynthesis and consequently yield said the teams.

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