Lending plants a hand to survive drought—26 June 2017

A research team led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found a new way to help plants better survive drought by enhancing their natural ability to preserve water.

The findings have helped some plants survive 50 per cent longer in drought conditions, and could eventually benefit major crops such as barley, rice and wheat, which are crucial to world food supplies.

The research, published in eLife, was funded by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and was a collaboration between ANU, the University of Adelaide, Western Sydney University, CSIRO, Kasertsart University (Thailand) and the University of California San Diego (United States)

Media issued by The Australian National University.

 

Image: Researchers Dr Su Yin Phua, Dr Kai Xun Chan, Diep Ganguly and Estee Tee.
Image courtesy: Stuart Hay, ANU.

Original Published Date: 
Monday, June 26, 2017