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    Professors Praveen Kumar, left, and Stephen P. Long have developed a computer modeling system to help plant scientists breed soybean crops that produce more and use less water.

    Professors Praveen Kumar, left, and Stephen P. Long have developed a computer modeling system to help plant scientists breed soybean crops that produce more and use less water.

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      Professors Praveen Kumar, left, and Stephen P. Long have developed a computer modeling system to help plant scientists breed soybean crops that produce more and use less water.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Darren Drewry, a former postdoctoral researcher who is now at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, was the lead author of the study.

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  • To reach Praveen Kumar, call 217-333-4688; email kumar1@illinois.edu. To reach Stephen P. Long, email slong@illinois.edu. The paper, “Simultaneous Improvement in Productivity, Water Use and Albedo Through Crop Structural Modification,” is available online.