Breakthrough in salt-tolerant plant development

September 25, 2016 |

Plant development research has seen some tremendous contribution from researchers with discoveries that always enhance plant growth and development. It is in this same vein that researchers from University of Adelaide (from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology in collaboration with the School of Medicine) made a breakthrough in findings into salt tolerance of plants and could lead to developing new salt tolerant varieties of crops.

Aquaporins, a group of proteins, which play a critical role in the controlling water content of cells have shown the ability to transport salt ions as well as water. According to the project leader, Prof Steve Tyerman, the new discovery could also explain some problems in plant biology like how salt gets into the plants in the first place.

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