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Press Release 11-216

Progress Towards Developing Plants That Accommodate Climate Change

The genetic basis of a plant's adaptability to climate is identified

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Illustration showing two plants, one dying, the other thriving, determined by small number of genes.

The adaptability of a strain of the Arabidopsis plant to any particular climate is determined by a relatively small number of genes--in most cases, around 100 genes. In this study, these genes were identified in various strains of Arabidopsis.

Credit: Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation


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Cover of the October 7, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' work is described in the October 7, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2011


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