Photosynthesis fix boosts crop growth by 40%
Photosynthesis allows plants to convert CO2 and the sun’s energy into sugars.
Sometimes plant grabs oxygen instead of CO2, which requires correction by photorespiration.
Photorespiration uses a large amount of energy involving three compartments in the plant cell.
Scientists modified plants to use a shorter pathway.
Saved energy allowed tobacco plants to grow 40 per cent larger.
The work is part of Realising Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) project.