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Preparing For Climate Change : Analyzing Genome Of Heat And Drought Resistant Cereal Plant

ScienceDaily (February 7, 2009)

Preparing For Climate Change : Analyzing Genome Of Heat And Drought Resistant Cereal Plant

ScienceDaily (February 7, 2009)

The global climate is changing, and this change is already impacting food supply and security. People living in regions already affected by aridity need plants that can thrive / grow under dry conditions.

One example is sorghum : Also known as milo, durra, or broomcorn, sorghum is a grass species that can grow up to five meters in height and is extremely resistant to aridity and hot conditions. The grass, which originates from Africa, can thrive under conditions and locations where other cereal plants cannot survive due to lack of water. In arid-warm and moderate regions of the Americas, Asia and Europe it is mainly utilized for food and fodder and is also gaining in significance as a basis for bio-fuel. The plant also provides fibers as well as combustible material for heating and cooking.

As part of an international consortium of scientists, researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München are analyzing the genes of sorghum, the first plant of African origin whose genome has been sequenced.

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The above story is based on materials provided by Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen - German Research Centre for Environmental Health

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