Source: European Commission

Scientists in the UK have found a new way to produce water efficient seeds that they claim will help plants cope with drought resistance, thereby contributing to global food security. The research was partially supported by the PHARMA — PLANTA ('Recombinant pharmaceuticals from plants for human health') project.

The need to breed plants that are drought resistant is becoming ever more necessary as the impact of climate change makes itself felt around the world and drought becomes a problem in an increasing number of countries, including those not traditionally seriously affected by the phenomenon. A research team at the University of Warwick's School of Life Sciences led by Dr Lorenzo Frigerio has made steps towards helping to tackle this problem by examining two proteins that are members of the large family of Major Intrinsic Proteins (MIPs). These are widespread among living organisms and are known be involved in water uptake.

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