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  •  In rice, a genetic answer to phosphorous: (2+ / 0-)
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    The gene -- called PSTOL1 which stands for Phosphorus Starvation Tolerance -- helps rice grow a larger, better root system and thereby access more phosphorus.

    Underground Solution to Starving Rice Plants

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    by the fan man on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 04:08:47 AM PDT

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    •  That is encouraging for rice and some other (1+ / 0-)
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      crops too I think. Not sure about how it would apply to cyanobacteria in a green house that is not able to access otherwise unavailable P in the soil. I do wonder about the limits to this too, even in a field setting. At some point the plant that has gotten good at recovering P still may not be able to find enough.

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      by Galtisalie on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 05:02:03 AM PDT

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