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Carnegie Scientists Uncover Nutrient Sensing Capabilities of Plants as Answer to Climate Change

February 17, 2021

Scientists from the Carnegie Institute of Science discovers a method by which plants can switch their response based on their changing environment.

The team of scientists discovered an evolutionarily conserved protein that plays a unique role in regulating stress responses and key developmental transitions such as seed germination and flowering. The scientists then applied sugar modification of this protein which gives nutrient availability to plants to adjust its adaptation to environmental stress and control its seed germination and flowering time.

The study revealed that plants make cellular decisions by integrating environmental and internal information to improve their resiliency and productivity in a changing climate. These findings will also lead not only to agricultural improvement but also to improving our ecosystem.

For more details. read the article in Nature.

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