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Rapeseed Research Could Help Profits
Fri Nov 23, 2012 02:35 PM CST

(DOW Jones) -- Rothamsted Research said it had successfully performed an experiment which accumulated around 8% more oil from rapeseed by using biotechnology to switch off an enzyme responsible for oil breakdown for the duration of seed development.

The agricultural research centre said further work is required to establish the efficacy of the method in the field and to investigate if it could be applied to other oilseed crops or successfully combined with different approaches to boost yields.

"Oilseed rape has become quite a profitable crop in recent years and the scale of cultivation in the U.K. has increased substantially," ...

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