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Work on protecting seeds from drought and heat | The Land



FFAR is sponsoring US research work into creating tomatoes with more resilient seed capable of tolerating greater heat.

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) has given $1.42 million to researchers at the University of California and the University of Florida to continue with exciting drought resistance work, looking at maintaining seed quality in hot and dry environments.

The work is currently in tomatoes, but it is hoped it will have applications for all of agriculture.

The researchers are working to identify genes that boost tolerance for high temperatures and allow the plant to maintain top quality seeds.

“We often think about enhancing climate resilience in crops as heat- and drought-proofing plants; however, climate…

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