Can we engineer life? 4.8 Plant gene technology, the photosynthesis boost

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Abstract

Photosynthesis is one of the most important biological processes on earth, if not the most important one: no life without photosynthesis! The Rubisco enzyme plays a key role in this process. But from the viewpoint of modern agricultural science, the photosynthesis process is far from perfect. So commentators devoted much hyperbolic praise on a publication in Science, January 4 this year, that reported a 40% ‘boost’ in biomass production after genetic modification of the tobacco plant. These exaggerated formulations annoyed me, as they showed so clearly the arrogance with which we humans treat nature.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2019

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