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Drought Resistant Rice Developed

posted on November 29, 2002

Instant rice – just add drought, cold weather and salt water.

Cornell University scientists have developed more weather-resistant rice by fusing two genes from the E. coli bacterium and placing them in a common variety of rice.

A researcher says the genes create a sugar that made the plant hardier. Sugar is a major component of plants that survive drought. The genes are active only in the stem and leaves, not the grain.

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