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Modified soybeans yield more in future climate conditions

Soybeans modified to yield more when both temperature and carbon dioxide levels increase, suggesting way to combat heat-related yield loss with genetic engineering.

In a three-year field study, researchers proved that engineered soybeans yield more than conventional soybeans in climatic conditions predicted for the 2050s.

"Our climate system and atmosphere are not changing in isolation from other factors; there are actually multiple facets," said Carl Bernacchi, an associate professor of plant biology with the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois. "The effect of carbon dioxide, in and of itself, seems to be ve

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