Water use efficiency of plants



How plants can be set to use water more efficiently

Source: Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Pictured are thermograms of 40 day-old Arabidopis plants showing different growth and leaf temperatures indicated by false colors. Plants that combine low water consumption are indicated by green and yellow colors. Credit: Z. Yang und E. Grill/ TUM – https://images.sciencedaily.com/2016/07/160712110435_1_540x360.jpg


Boosting food production with limited water availability is of great importance to humanity. Our current water usage is already unsustainable. The fact that plant leaves lose water through photosynthesis is the greatest limiting factor for better harvests. Scientists have developed an approach to solving this: they got plants to use water more efficiently without restricting their growth. This is thanks to a plant-inherent water-conservation strategy.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.