Genetic engineering enables scientists to create future plants that can better survive droughts

09/19/2015 - 15:37

Rachel Pick | @rachel_pick

With the global climate becoming less and less predictable, and California suffering from a seemingly endless drought, crops are destined to suffer. Scientists are focusing on building hardier plants—and a team in Oxford may have found the key, detailed in a study released yesterday.

Plant gene SP1 controls the development of chloroplasts, which you probably remember from high school biology as the centers of photosynthesis.


Ref: Regulation of Chloroplast Protein Import by the Ubiquitin E3 Ligase SP1 Is Important for Stress Tolerance in Plants. Current Biology (2015) | DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.08.015