Native seed research unlocks key to plant growth in arid landscapes using local bacteria

Packaging local bacteria together with the seeds of native plants could replenish the vegetation of dryland ecosystems in many states and add to cropping ventures Dryland ecosystems cover around 40% of land on earth and support more than 2 billion people, but once degraded – through overgrazing or inadequate irrigation – can be difficult to […]

Resurrection plant may hold clues for drought tolerant crops

A rare Orpheus plant found in mountainous reaches of Bulgaria can tolerate drying out for prolonged periods and then rapidly restore itself The rare Haberlea rhodopensis plant that can ‘resurrect’ itself after prolonged periods without water could hold clues to improve drought resistance in crops. Dr Monika Murcha and Dr Aneta Ivanova, from The University […]