Navigation Links
Tel Aviv University researchers root out new and efficient crop plants
Date:7/30/2008

A part of the global food crisis is the inefficiency of current irrigation methods. More irrigated water evaporates than reaches the roots of crops, amounting to an enormous waste of water and energy.

Tel Aviv University researchers, however, are investigating a new solution that turns the problem upside-down, getting to the root of the issue. They are genetically modifying plants' root systems to improve their ability to find the water essential to their survival.

The Root Cause of Wasting Water

When it comes to water, every drop counts. "Improving water uptake by irrigated crops is very important," says Prof. Amram Eshel, the study's co-researcher from Tel Aviv University's Plant Sciences Department. His team, with that of Prof. Hillel Fromm, hope to engineer a plant that takes advantage of a newly discovered gene that controls hydrotropism, a plant's ability to send its roots towards water.

Scientists in TAU's lab are observing plants that are grown on moist air in the University's lab, making it possible to investigate how the modified plant roots orient themselves towards water. Until now, aeroponics (a method of growing plants in air and mist) was a benchtop technique used only in small-scale applications. The current research is being done on the experimental model plant Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard.

Environmental Consequences Have Economic Consequences Too

"Our aim is to save water," explains Prof. Eshel. "We are increasing a plant's efficiency for water uptake. Plants that can sense water in a better fashion will be higher in economic value in the future."

There can be significant water-saving consequences for farmers around the world. "We are developing plants that are more efficient in sensing water," says research doctoral student Tal Sherman, who is working under Prof. Amram Eshel and Prof. Hillel Fromm. The project is funded
'/>"/>

Contact: George Hunka
ghunka@aftau.org
212-742-9070
American Friends of Tel Aviv University
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. A study by the MUHC and McGill University opens a new door to understanding cancer
2. University of Pennsylvania researchers develop formula to gauge risk of disease clusters
3. University of Oregon researcher finds that on waters surface, nitric acid is not so tough
4. Bioengineers at University of Pennsylvania devise nanoscale system to measure cellular forces
5. Binghamton University researchers investigate evolving malaria resistance
6. Antioxidant to retard wrinkles discovered by Hebrew University researcher
7. Society for General Microbiology 161st Meeting, University of Edinburgh
8. Boston University biomedical engineers find chink in bacterias armor
9. KAUST and American University in Cairo to collaborate on research and academic development
10. UNH becomes first university in nation to use landfill gas as primary energy source
11. University of Minnesota study refutes belief that black men have more aggressive prostate cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Tel Aviv University researchers root out new and efficient crop plants
(Date:7/25/2014)... MOResearchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research ... pheromone receptors, and found pheromones crucial to triggering the ... of receptors helps a male mouse detect pheromones that ... of receptors lets him know if the female mouse ... pheromones are critical to trigger mating. Stowers, researchers believe ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... 2014) Scientists at The New York Stem ... closer to creating a viable cell replacement therapy ... , For the first time, NYSCF scientists ... skin samples of patients with primary progressive multiple ... to induce these stem cells into becoming oligodendrocytes, ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... 24, 2014) Scientists at The New York ... step closer to creating a viable cell replacement ... cells. , For the first time, NYSCF ... from skin samples of patients with primary progressive ... protocol to induce these stem cells into becoming ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):It takes two to court 2It takes two to court 3NYSCF scientists one step closer to cell therapy for multiple sclerosis patients 2NYSCF scientists 1 step closer to cell therapy for multiple sclerosis patients 2
... As the human population increases, so too do the ... issue of International Journal of Plant Sciences , ... Sarah Assmann explores how the responses to environmental stresses ... possible approaches to addressing growing human demand for crop ...
... despite the yuck factor, have captured the hearts of two ... team that this week is publishing the leech,s complete genome ... Weisblat, a UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology ... sequencing initiative that has targeted a variety of animals in ...
... the quest to find the easiest and fastest way to ... In an article published in Frontiers in Microbiology on ... polymerase chain reaction (PCR) system to discover specific gene targets ... show that assays performed using this PCR system are rapid, ...
Cached Biology News:Can observations of a hardy weed help feed the world? 2What do leeches, limpets and worms have in common? Now, a sequenced genome 2What do leeches, limpets and worms have in common? Now, a sequenced genome 3USDA explores using novel genetic labs for faster detection of E. coli 2
(Date:7/24/2014)... A novel combination of microscopy and data processing has ... National Laboratory an unprecedented look at the surface of ... properties. , The research team led by ORNL,s ... a perovskite manganite, a complex material that exhibits dramatic ... surface behavior could benefit researchers who are interested in ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... worldwide rely on sophisticated equipment, trained personnel, and ... areas against terrorist attacks. A revolutionary new electronic ... make their job much easier. , The groundbreaking ... Tel Aviv University ,s School of Chemistry and ... the Herzliya company Tracense, picks up the scent ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... , July 24, 2014 Research ... "Global Cell Culture Market 2014-2018" report to ... Cell culture is the in vitro growth ... as research, cell studies, and biopharmaceutical production. Cell culture ... production. Cell culture instruments and cell culture consumables are ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 ... to be semi-finalists in Livestrong’s Big C Competition. Out ... Health are each headed to the semi-final round. In ... Livestrong’s exclusive three-month accelerator program, complete with mentoring from ... , As part of the angelMD commitment to ...
Breaking Biology Technology:ORNL study reveals new characteristics of complex oxide surfaces 2Nano-sized chip 'sniffs out' explosives far better than trained dogs 2Global Cell Culture Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors are Becton, Dickinson and Co, EMD, GE Healthcare, Lonza Group, Sigma Aldrich and Thermo Fisher Scientific 23 angelMD Startups Make Livestrong Big C Semi-finals 2
... October 1 , - "Expert Consult" ... Content is Always Current, Elsevier, the ... the publication of the 40th edition of ... Gray,s Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical,Practice ...
... product design and development, manufacture, and distribution ... ... 1 Cylex has announced receipt of,certification to ISO ... Canadian Medical Devices Conformity Assessment,System (CMDCAS). These certifications signify ...
... Sept. 30 NxStage Medical,Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTM ), ... Jeffrey H. Burbank, Chief Executive Officer,and Robert S. Brown, ... Healthcare Focus Conference on October 6, 2008 at Le ... is scheduled for Monday, October 6th at,2:30 p.m. ET. ...
Cached Biology Technology:New 40th Edition of Gray's Anatomy Celebrates 150 Years as the World's Preeminent Anatomical Reference 2New 40th Edition of Gray's Anatomy Celebrates 150 Years as the World's Preeminent Anatomical Reference 3Cylex(TM) Receives ISO 13485:2003 and 9001:2000 Quality Certifications 2NxStage Medical to Present at JMP Securities Healthcare Focus Conference 2
Request Info...
...
Agarose-LE, 250 g. Suitable for soft agarose cloning. Nuclease-free.Gel point (1.5%): 36 1.5 C, EEO (-mr): 1200 g/cm2. Category: Nucleotides & Enzymes & Biochemicals, Ultrapure Biochemicals ....
Request Info...
Biology Products: