rice-growth-controlled-by-antagonistic-genesAccording to scientists at the Carnegie Institution, a plant steroid is responsible for prompting two genes to battle against each other – one suppressing the other for ensuring that leaves grow normally in rice and the experimental plant Arabidopsis thaliana, which is a relative of mustard.

The results are expected to have critical implications for understanding as to how crop growth and yield can be manipulated. These results appeared in the December 15, 2009, issue of The Plant Cell.

The list of study colleagues were from the following institutions: Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution; Yonsei University, Korea; RIKEN Advanced Science Institute, Japan.