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Tobacco plant gene may aid space farming

Source: marketbusinessnews.com Australian scientists have discovered a gene in Pitjuri (Nicotiana benthamiana), an ancient tobacco plant indigenous to Agoriginal tribes, that could aid space farming. The gene could be used to make plants grow and flower super-fast in arid environments. Plant geneticist, Professor Peter Waterhouse, who works at the Centre …

Maize comes in many colours, hues and shapes

Earth to MARS! On the way to breeding drought-resistant maize for Asia

Maize is rapidly emerging as a key crop  in Asian food systems. But in the largely rainfed agriculture practiced in Asia, drought is an important threat to production. So several projects are under way to introduce drought-tolerant maize varieties adapted to the many different growing conditions found in Asia. Source: …