Scientists make accidental breakthrough that could lead to drought-proof crops
Updated June 28, 2017 17:39:07
A group of Australian National University (ANU) scientists has made a major breakthrough that could improve Australia’s food security during drought.
The Canberra-based researchers have spent the past decade looking at the effects of drought on plants, accidentally discovering some plants have a self-preservation method that is potentially life-saving.
One of the lead researchers, biologist Kai Chan, says the team found chloroplasts do more than capture sunlight through photosynthesis to make plant food.
Dr Chan said they found chloroplasts also worked together with plant hormones during drought stress.
“Chloroplasts are actually capable of sensing drought stress and telling the leaves to shut-up and prevent water from being lost during drought stress,” he …
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