|Arabidopsis from eLife|
The researcher, Professor Masaaki Umeda stated that he wanted to see how ANAC044 and ANAC085 acted in response to other external stresses. While observing plants under high temperatures, researchers found that there was only a pause in the cell cycle. This means that plants have developed a system for when a plant is under stress, such as experiencing high temperatures; the plant directs its energy to survive, rather than grow. Professor Umeda stated that this research illuminates a new mechanism to optimize organ growth under stressful conditions. While I think that would be an amazing application of these findings, increasing plant longevity and plant productivity are also important.