Creating Drought Resistant Crops

Creating Drought Resistant Crops
Innovation

A new chemical could help make plants more stress tolerant.

Michael Brooks
  • 26 august 2010

Scientists have created a synthetic chemical called pyrabactin that helps plants protect themselves from drought conditions. Pyrabactin parallels a natural stress hormone, abscisic acid (ABA), which plants already have small amounts of in their systems. But commercial extractions of ABA are expensive to produce and very sensitive to light. Pyrabactin does not suffer from any of these defects. Here is it how it works:

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