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Growing Plants With Less Water?

Growing Plants With Less Water?

https://www.youtube.com/embed/zw_isTcSKSM Scientists have grown plants that can thrive on 25 %, less water than wild-type plants During photosynthesis. Plants lose water when they open their pores to absorb CO2 Using tobacco plants as a test. Researchers modified a gene to make more of a protein causing the plants pores to open less during photosynthesis. This resulted in 25 % less water loss without stifling plant growth. Since this gene is found in all plants, researchers hope to get similar results on food crops to make them more drought-resistant.Genetics lab research conducted by Dr. Lauriebeth Leonelli and Professor Kris Niyogi, UC,…
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