Finding ways to protect drought-stricken plants
Now, plant researchers are focusing on identifying specific genes that help plants cope with arid conditions. They hope to improve the ability of crop plants to withstand dehydration by transferring in some of the genes they have identified.
The research has had some success, albeit modest, with cotton and tomatoes. Researchers hope to extend the work to the most important cultivated crops: cereal grains.
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Reference: Science 296, 1226 (2002)