New tools to breed cereal crops that survive flooding

Scientists at The University of Nottingham hope new research could lead to the introduction of cereal crops better able to tolerate flooding.

They have identified the mechanism used by plants in stress conditions to sense low oxygen levels and used advanced breeding techniques to reduce yield loss in barley in water-logged conditions.

Previously Michael Holdsworth, Professor of Crop Science in the School of Biosciences, and colleagues, identified the mechanism used by plants in stress conditions to sense low oxygen levels. This initial breakthrough was published in the academic journal Nature in October 2011.

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