South Dakota State University associate biology and microbiology professor Wanlong Li assesses the growth of two-week-old wheat seedlings. Through a new three-year, $930,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, Li hopes to improve wheat yields by increasing the size and weight of the kernels. Credit: Photo by Emily Weber/South Dakota State University.
South Dakota State University associate biology and microbiology professor Wanlong Li assesses the growth of two-week-old wheat seedlings. Through a new three-year, $930,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, Li hopes to improve wheat yields by increasing the size and weight of the kernels.

Improving wheat yields by increasing grain size, weight

Scientists target genes negatively regulating kernel size and weight.

Wanlong Li, associate professor in the South Dakota State University department of biology and microbiology, seeks to increase wheat production via larger, heavier wheat kernels.

Through a three-year, $930,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, Li is collaborating with Bing Yang, an associate professor in genetics, development and cell biology at Iowa State University, to increase wheat grain size and weight using a precise gene editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas9.

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