'Hibernating' crops may be science's cure for drought
Accidental discovery could let plants survive even in absence of water
Times of Israel
(Times of Israel) Will crop loss due to drought become a thing of the past? Professor Shimon Gepstein, a Technion professor and president of Kinneret College in northern Israel, thinks it might. By adding some "youth hormone," his team developed plants that essentially put themselves into a state of hibernation when they weren't getting watered and halted their aging/wilting process until they started getting water again.
"They go into a 'frozen' state when they do not get water for a while, and return to full development when the water flow resumes," said Geptstein. "There is no damage to the plant."
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