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Drought hormones measured
April 15, 2014
Researchers can now, for the first time, measure the levels of a plant hormone that controls efficient water use by plants and plays a role in determining when seeds should remain dormant and when they should germinate, depending on soil conditions. This new tool will support efforts to increase crop yields as climate change stresses plants.
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