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Researchers develop frost-resistant canola

Researchers develop frost-resistant canola

Researchers at the University of Calgary, Canada have developed a gene-based technology to produce canola plants that can withstand late-season frost and still produce high-quality seed.Late season, non-lethal frost prevented chlorophyll – the green photosynthetic pigment found in plants – from naturally breaking down or “degreening” and producing a high-quality yellow embryo at seed maturityNow, we’ve been able to create canola lines that can degreen properly,” said Dr Marcus Samuel, associate professor of integrative cell biology in the university’s Department of Biological Sciences.

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