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Drought Resistant Barley – gene discovered that gives barley a boost in survival

As climate change ramps up, droughts are a major concern but scientists have found a gene in barely that may be able to help crops of the future survive dry seasons and give higher yields which will help push back against food scarcity.

The gene, HvMyB1, has been shown to help plants survive drought when it is prominently expressed. The gene was discovered in barley which isn’t an exciting plant but it is a staple food crop. Knowing this will allow more crops to be bred that exhibit this gene and therefor will be better able to survive dry conditions.

We’re already starting to see the effects of drought in many plants. Hot summers have lead to lower harvest rates which is not great and only expected to get worse. Although this is a small thing, it’s ramifications could be wide.

Donyae’s love for technology is based on a need to survive our future robotic overlords. Know thy enemy as you know yourself. But since even odds are on the zombie future, she has also learned how to prepare squirrel. You can find her on Facebook until the robots – or zombies – rise up.

Donyae Coles – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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