If I were a stand up comic, I would sit in my room all day and try to think up stuff like this. Luckily I'm not a comic and the universe just serves up these little gems every once in a while. I'll just quote the article, which serves up the joke and punchline quite nicely on its own.
Honda Research Institute, a research house set up by the automotive giant to explore emerging technologies, and Nagoya University have isolated a gene in rice that could make it easier to grow generations of the plant more rapidly.
[Thanks John for the tip]