Computer Models Soybean Crop with 8.5% More Productivity, Using 13% Less Water

Outlet: ScienceDaily

April 3, 2014

Crops that produce more while using less water seem like a dream for a world with a burgeoning population & already strained resources. This dream is closer to reality for researchers who developed a new computer model to help plant scientists breed better soybean crops. The model predicts a soybean crop with 8.5% more productivity, but using 13% less water, by breeding for slightly different leaf distribution, angles & reflectivity.