Plants tolerate drought with the help of natural microbes


Poplars given microbes (top) survived better in drought conditions, compared with plants with no added microbes (bottom). Credit: University of Washington –

Microbes help plants survive in severe drought

September 19, 2016
University of Washington
Plants can better tolerate drought and other stressors with the help of natural microbes, research has found. Specifically, plants that are given a dose of microbes stay green longer and are able to withstand drought conditions by growing more leaves and roots and using less water.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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