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New Drought-Tolerant Plants Offer Hope for Warming World

September 09, 2015
Author: N/A  |  September 9, 2015

 

Genetically engineered crop plants that survive droughts and can grow with 70 percent less irrigation water have been developed by an international team led by researchers at the University of California, Davis. The discovery offers hope for global agriculture that is already grappling with limited and variable water supplies.

Tomato Research Nurtures Hope

September 09, 2015
Author: Pat Bailey  |  September 9, 2015

 

A genetically engineered tomato plant that thrives in salty irrigation water and may hold the key to one of agriculture’s greatest dilemmas has been developed by plant biologists at UC Davis and the University of Toronto.

As the first truly salt-tolerant crop, these tomatoes offer hope that other crops can also be genetically modified for planting in many areas of the world that have salty irrigation water and salt-damaged soils.

$8.4 Million For Food Grain and Alternative Fuel Research

November 09, 2012
Author: N/A  |  November 9, 2012

 

Blumwald and his colleagues will use the grants to develop new molecular biology tools to accelerate switchgrass breeding and biotechnology tools to develop new varieties of pearl millet, a small-seeded grass. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis photo)

With new grants totaling $8.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Agency for International Development and industry partners, UC Davis plant scientist Eduardo Blumwald is reaching out to feed and fuel the world.