Grass strategy in drought conditions

 

 

Crop roots enact austerity measures during drought to bank water

Grass strategy in drought conditions could be harnessed to improve crop productivity

Excavated maize seedling is showing crown roots beginning to grow from the base of the shoot (marked by red arrowhead). Credit: Jose Sebastian - https://images.sciencedaily.com/2016/07/160711155527_1_540x360.jpg
Excavated maize seedling is showing crown roots beginning to grow from the base of the shoot (marked by red arrowhead).
Credit: Jose Sebastian – https://images.sciencedaily.com/2016/07/160711155527_1_540x360.jpg

Source: Carnegie Institution for Science

Summary:

With a growing world population and a changing climate, understanding how agriculturally important plants respond to drought is crucial. A team has discovered a strategy employed by grasses in drought conditions that could potentially be harnessed to improve crop productivity.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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