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Improving Crop Yields in a World of Extreme Weather Events


July 1, 2013

News thumbnail When plants encounter drought, they naturally produce abscisic acid (ABA), a stress hormone that helps them cope with the drought conditions. Specifically, the hormone turns on receptors in the plants. A research team led by Sean Cutler of the University of California, Riverside, has identified an inexpensive synthetic chemical, quinabactin, that mimics ABA. Spraying ABA on plants improves their water use and stress tolerance, but the procedure is expensive. Full Story

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