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Stanford scientists reveal how grass developed a better way to breathe


March 16, 2017

protein in yellow moves out of the guard cells into cells on both sides Grasses are better able to withstand drought or high temperatures than many other plants in large part due to changes in their pores, called stomata. Stanford University scientists have discovered how grasses produce these altered pores, which could someday lead to crops that can better survive climate change. Full Story

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