Volume 87 Issue 39 | pp. 60-62
Issue Date: September 28, 2009

Getting By On Little Water

Advances in breeding and basic science confer drought tolerance to crops
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Climate Change
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: drought, drought-tolerance, plant genetics, Norman Borlaug

According to the witty accusation often attributed to Mark Twain, everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it. Scientists still may not be able to do anything about the weather, but they are working to make plants that thrive despite it.

By probing the biological and chemical bases of some plants’ innate ability to flourish in regions and periods of limited precipitation, researchers in industry, academia, and government labs are learning . . .

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