Thursday, April 13, 2017
The Survival Masters; Grasses
subsidiary cells in grasses allow the stomata to open next to neighboring cells easier. Researchers mutated the MUTE gene in the grasses and found that they were not able to photosynthesize as effectively. This new research of their photosynthetic effectiveness due to this gene could potentially help to genetically modify plants in being drought resistant.
I think this study will help to save some major crops from drought related issues. As the climate changes, storms become stronger and temperatures warm, water will become more scarce in some areas. This engineering of modifying plants to retain water and maximize photosynthesis could be major in food production.