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RNA discovery could help boost plant heat, drought tolerance

DALLAS — Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists have discovered a ribonucleic acid, or RNA, that can increase the thale cress plant’s resistance to stress from drought and salt.

The discovery could help illuminate a new pathway to engineering drought- and salt-tolerant plants, including food crops, said Dr. Liming Xiong, AgriLife Research associate professor, Dallas.

A side-by-side comparison shows better heat and drought tolerance in thale cress plants whose level of a specific RNA was increased. (Texas

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