drought resistance

01/12/2012 - 12:53

For most plants, staying alive means adapting quickly to a constantly changing environment. In a drought, staving off water loss is vital. On a sunny day, absorbing carbon dioxide to generate energy through photosynthesis is key. Now, researchers have discovered how plants regulate the development of stomata, the pores through which these critical exchanges with the environment occur.

01/12/2012 - 10:27

Researchers from The Australian National University have discovered a new cellular communication process used by plants to respond to drought. The team, led by Dr Gonzalo Estavillo and Professor Barry Pogson in the ANU Research School of Biology, examined a small, rapid-growing plant called Arabidopsis, a relative of canola.