New York Times “Looking at Oil Palms Genome for Keys to Productivity”

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On Wednesday a team of Malaysian and American scientists published a pair of papers in Nature on the genome of this profoundly important (oil palm) tree. They hope to use the knowledge to grow better trees that can yield more oil. The researchers discovered that a single gene, called SHELL, has a powerful effect on how much oil is produced mutations to SHELL can raise the yield of the palm by as much as 30 percent.