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Preventing Tomato Blossom-End Rot

Plants are subjected to numerous environmental stresses — drought, extreme temperatures and excess light can all affect plant growth and quality. Looking for methods to improve the quality of tomato plants, researchers at the University of Tennessee turned to abscisic acid (ABA), a plant hormone known to help plants acclimate to these types of severe […]

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Understanding Grain Defense Mechanisms

Crop scientists at Washington State University have explained how genes in the barley plant turn on defenses against aging and stressors like drought, heat and disease. Professor Diter von Wettstein and assistant research professor Sachin Rustgi showed that specific genes act as a switch that enables barley to live longer and become more tolerant of […]