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Stress related genes in strawberries

Crops growing in the field can face dramatic changes in temperature, lack of water, or increased salt in the soil resulting from irrigation. Under these stressful conditions crops cannot grow well and their ability to produce seed and fruit is decreased. Because plants cannot move they have evolved genes that allow them to produce proteins and other molecules that protect them from the multiple harsh environmental conditions they may have to endure. Understanding the mechanisms underlying the plant response to these stresses will allow us to improve crop yield and mitigate the impact of climate change.
Highlights of USDA-sponsored research.

 
 

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