RESOURCES: Plants Under Pressure

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Science  28 Apr 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5773, pp. 505
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5773.505e

Heat, drought, salt buildup, cold, and other forms of adversity shrivel agricultural production in many parts of the world. One clearinghouse of information on these environmental conditions and how crops respond to them is Plant Stress, curated by emeritus researcher Abraham Blum of the Volcani Center in Israel. Backgrounders explain the effects of nine plant stresses and explore methods for alleviating their impact. For instance, solutions for saline soil include hauling away the contaminated dirt and genetically engineering crops for salt resistance. Plant Stress has also sprouted a news section that notes fresh research findings, a bibliography, and how-tos on more than a dozen techniques for studying suffering plants.

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