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'Resurrection Plant' Genome Sequenced, Making Great Strides for Drought-Proof Crops
March 28, 2017
QUT researchers are part of an international consortium of researchers whose work hopes to future-proof crops against the impacts of global climate change.
The researchers have sequenced the genome of the 'resurrection plant' Xerophyta viscosa, revealing a genetic 'footprint' of the plant's ability to tolerate severe drought for long periods of time.
The research team is led by Henk Hilhorst of Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands and includes QUT researchers Professor Sagadevan Mundree and Dr Brett Williams as well as other researchers from the Netherlands, South-Africa and the USA.
The team hopes their results will contribute to the faster development of food crops that are resilient enough to cope with foreseen global climate changes.
The team's DNA sequence of the resurrection plant is published today in Nature Plants.