Understanding Plants' Coping Skills May Yield Tougher Plant Varieties

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 11:28 in Biology & Nature

It's a familiar notion that an individual might interpret and respond to stressful events in a unique way based on previous experience and genetic predispositions. A new study by researchers at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy finds that the same can be said of the individual cells in a plant. They respond in a variety of ways to too much salt or too little iron, both widespread environmental challenges for agricultural crops around the world.

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