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Drought resistance: Spraying for yield


Trehalose-6-phosphate (T6P) is an essential signalling molecule in plants. A novel chemical intervention strategy to increase in planta T6P levels has now been presented, with remarkable effects on plant yield and drought tolerance.

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Figure 1: A light-sensitive synthetic T6P signalling precursor is taken up by plants and diffuses into a plant cell, where light treatment results in the release of T6P.

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Smeekens, S. Drought resistance: Spraying for yield. Nature Plants 3, 17023 (2017).

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