PerspectivePlant Biology

Plant hydraulics and agrichemical genomics

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Science  25 Oct 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6464, pp. 416-417
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaz4857

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A challenge of continued efforts to increase crop yields to feed the expanding population is that humans are competing with crop plants for clean water. Treatment of wastewater is required not only for drinking, but also to water crops. For example, when wastewater is used on crops, some vegetables accumulate synthetic contaminants, including antibiotics and psychoactive drugs arising in part from personal care products and pharmaceuticals disposed in drains (1). Ensuring that crop plants grow efficiently even when clean water is in short supply is crucial to secure food production. On page 446 of this issue, Vaidya et al. (2), using prior knowledge of the structure of a family of plant proteins that play a key role in drought tolerance, introduce a new generation of synthetic compounds that may lead to reduced water use in agriculture.

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