Genes found in drought-resistant plants could accelerate evolution of water-use efficient crops

The team used ORNL’s Titan supercomputer to compare the genomes of Kalanchoë fedtschenkoi (back row) and Phalaenopsis equestris, or orchid (front row), as well as Ananas comosus, or pineapple. Credit: Jason Richards/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy (hi-res image)

HudsonAlpha researchers collaborated on a project led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory identifying a common set of genes that different drought-resistant plants to survive in semi-arid conditions. This discovery could play a significant role in bioengineering and creating energy crops that are tolerant to water deficits.

Read the full press release from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.