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Researchers identify mechanism that maintains plant growth under stress [Registered]

Scientists led by experts at Durham University have discovered a natural mechanism in plants that could stimulate their growth even under stress and potentially lead to better crop yields. Plants naturally slow their growth or even stop growing altogether in response to adverse conditions, such as water shortage or high salt content in soil, in order to save energy. They do this by making DELLA proteins that repress the growth of the plant. This process is reversed when plants produce the hormone gibberellin – which breaks down the proteins that repress growth. Growth repression can be problematic for farmers as…

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