Ancient Hornwort genomes could lead to crop improvement

Hornmoos, Bild: Michael Lüth

An international research team led by the University of Zurich and the Boyce Thompson Institute illuminates the origin of land plants by analyzing the first hornwort genomes. In this ancient group of land plants, they discovered genes that could help crops grow more efficiently with less synthetic fertilizer.

The research is being carried out by Swiss Plant Science Web member Dr. Péter Szövényi, group leader at the Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany of the university of Zurich with colleagues from the Boyce Thompson Institute.

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Nature Plants. March 13, 2020. DOI: 10.1038/s41477-020-0618-2