So does this mean we’ll have 15 percent more tobacco? Nah. "Certainly our goal is not to improve the productivity of tobacco," says Niyogi. "We used tobacco because it’s easy to work with in the lab, and it has a canopy that’s similar to food crop plants." This is just a proof of concept experiment for the time being, meaning that the scientists just wanted to show the world that this could be done. Since his team's approach uses genes and proteins found in all plants, Niyogi says, these results could be applicable to many crop plants – especially global staples like cassava, sorghum, and rice. So if this technique is validated in other plants by further research, it could potentially be used all over the world, helping many people achieve food security.