Scientists hope the genetics of the pineapple can lead to increased food production worldwide.
Being able to engineer a CAM-type photosynthesis into basic food crops like rice and wheat could make great strides in that area.
Another interesting fact pointed out by the research team is that the pineapple has genes that control the plants’ circadian clock, enabling the plant to close pores on its leaves during the day, and then opening them back up after dark to take advantage of cooler temperatures and help the plant conserve its water.
Plant molecular biologist Qingyi Yu of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Dallas added, “As such, CAM photosynthesis applications could hold major significance for the entire food industry.”
The findings of the research appeared in the journal Nature Genetics.