October 8, 2005
University of Connecticut
A team of plant biologists has discovered an overlooked genetic key to growing plants that are more productive, more drought-resistant and better able to grow in soils low in nutrients. Their findings may prompt biology textbook changes and have implications for increased world food production and global reforestation efforts. The findings are particularly relevant for farmers in areas prone to drought and in developing countries that lack irrigation systems and money for expensive fertilizers.
STORRS, Conn. -- A team of scientists led by University of Connecticut plant biologist Roberto Gaxiola has discovered an overlooked genetic key to generating plants that are more productive, more drought resistant and can grow in soils low in nutrients. Their work is the first to successfully test in cells a 30-year-old hypothesis that explains the movement of a primary growth and development hormone through plants and is expected to prompt biology textbooks to be rewritten.
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