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Plant and Animal Cells

Genetically Modified Thalecress Flowers

Genetically Modified Thalecress Flowers

The genetically engineered thalecress (Arbidopsis thaliana) flowers in the corners of this image could mean increased crop yields for Canada's canola farmers. NRC researchers discovered that modifying thalecress' Brevipedicillus (bp) gene results in more compact, downward-facing flowers and seed pods than in the wild-type flower (in centre). If a similar genetic change is applied to canola, which has the same type of flowers as thalecress, it could reduce crop losses. This is because the more compact seed pods are less prone to damage and shattering from wind and farm equipment.

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