Drought Tolerance in Crops -- 1
Wed Oct 17, 2012 06:30 AM CDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (DTN) -- Corn leaves roll into spiky spears reminiscent of pineapple tops. Soybeans abort flowers and wilt. Even modern irrigation is no match for a serious drought and the sizzling heat that comes with it. The 2012 drought reminded farmers once again just how little humans can do in the face of months without a real rain.

Across the country, researchers from universities, industry and the government are working to change that. They're picking apart the genes that control crops, searching for ways to make plants use less water and tolerate more ...

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