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Synthetic Chemical Offers Solution for Crops Facing Drought

April 30, 2009

Sean Cutler Abscisic acid, produced naturally by plants, is a key hormone that helps plants cope with drought conditions. New research led by the University of California, Riverside's Sean Cutler suggests the possibility of spraying stable synthetic chemicals on plants to enhance stress tolerance during drought and improve yield. Cutler identified pyrabactin, a synthetic chemical that turns on the ABA signaling pathway, and used it to fish out a receptor for ABA. Full Story

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