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Disclosed herein are transgenic plants and plant cells having increased photosynthetic rate, increased biomass production, and/or improved cold tolerance compared to control plants (such as non-transgenic plants of the same species as the transgenic plants). In some examples, the transgenic plants/plant cells contain a plant transformation vector including a nucleic acid encoding a pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase (PPDK) polypeptide. Also disclosed herein are methods for making the transgenic plants, for instance by introducing into progenitor cells of the plant a plant transformation vector including a nucleic acid that encodes a PPDK polypeptide, and growing the transformed progenitor cells to produce a transgenic plant, in which the PPDK nucleic acid is expressed. Further disclosed herein are PPDK-encoding nucleic acids, PPDK polypeptides, and plant transformation vectors of use in producing the transgenic plants or plant cells.
Long, Stephen P. (Urbana, IL), Altpeter, Fredy (Gainesville, FL), Karan, Ratna (Gainesville, FL), Moose, Stephen P. (Urbana, IL), Jaikumar, Nikhil S. (Urbana, IL), Swaminathan, Kankshita (Urbana, IL), Xie, Liang (Allston, MA)
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
15/ 217,711
July 22, 2016
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT [0002] This invention was made with government support under DOE DE-AR0000206 awarded by U.S. Department of Energy/Advanced Research Project Agency--Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.