Botanists show for the first time that reduced phosphorus investment in lipids in plants improves phosphorus use efficiency in rice without reducing photosynthesis.
When humans selected for bigger seeds in maize, they may have also unintentionally improved its root system.
Banksia attenuata and Banksia sessilis are in the same genus, but their life strategies reflect how they react to poor nutrition.
This makes them an ideal target for breeders looking to up resilience without bringing down productivity.
How Brassica napus takes up phosphorus can also change how it takes up other nutrients.
The four species showed similar patterns in their absorption and use of phosphorus and nitrogen.
Some things are hard to digest, but is an excess of phosphorus really one of them?