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Research Project: Genetics and Genomics of Complex Traits in Grain Crops

Location: Plant Genetics Research

Title: Plant water relations II: how plants manage water deficit and why it matters

item WILLIAMS, MARY - American Society Of Plant Biologists
item Oliver, Melvin
item PALLARDY, STEPHEN - University Of Missouri

Submitted to: The Plant Cell
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/31/2014
Publication Date: 5/31/2014
Citation: Williams, M., Oliver, M.J., Pallardy, S.G. 2014. Plant water relations II: how plants manage water deficit and why it matters. The Plant Cell. 26(4):1-15.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The availability of fresh water is possibly the greatest limitation to our ability to feed the growing human population (9 billion people forecast by 2050 and 11 billion by 2100). This Teaching Tool examines why water is so critical for plant growth and particularly their food production (primarily seeds, but also fruits, leaves etc.), as well as the mechanisms that plants have evolved to deal with permanent or transient water shortages. It also addresses how the understanding of plant adaptations and acclimations to water stress can be applied towards improving food production when water is limiting.