Plant Genetics May Be Cure For Water Woes

By focusing on a plant’s natural defense mechanisms, University of California researchers believe they have cracked an elusive genetic secret – a discovery that someday could help farmers produce more food with less water.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune reports their prize is a protein molecule that relays signals to cells that help plants cope with environmental stress, such as drought.

“It has indeed been a holy grail,” said Julian Schroeder, a biologist at UC San Diego who was part of the research team.

You can learn more about the study by going to http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/may/01/1n1drought224238-plant-genetics-could-yield-crops-/?california.