Expression of trehalose-6-phosphate phosphatase in maize ears improves yield in well-watered and drought conditions

@article{Nuccio2015ExpressionOT,
  title={Expression of trehalose-6-phosphate phosphatase in maize ears improves yield in well-watered and drought conditions},
  author={Michael L Nuccio and Jeff Wu and Ron Mowers and Hua-Ping Zhou and Moez Meghji and Lucia F. Primavesi and Matthew J Paul and Xi Chen and Yan Gao and Emdadul Haque and Shib Sankar Basu and L Mark Lagrimini},
  journal={Nature Biotechnology},
  year={2015},
  volume={33},
  pages={862-869}
}
Maize, the highest-yielding cereal crop worldwide, is particularly susceptible to drought during its 2- to 3-week flowering period. Many genetic engineering strategies for drought tolerance impinge on plant development, reduce maximum yield potential or do not translate from laboratory conditions to the field. We overexpressed a gene encoding a rice trehalose-6-phosphate phosphatase (TPP) in developing maize ears using a floral promoter. This reduced the concentration of trehalose-6-phosphate… CONTINUE READING
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