Salk Researchers Say Plant May Hold Key To Drought Resistance

The small green trays of plants in this Salk Institute greenhouse are far more captivating to these researchers than the ocean view. Carol Huang reaches out for a tray.

“Can we get the seeds?” she asks as she examines the flat of maturing Arabidopsis plants. “These are too young,“ Huang says.

Huang and fellow Salk Institute for Biological Studies researcher Liang Song are picking apart the insides of this hardy, quick growing relative of the mustard plant. The thale cress, as its commonly called, is one of the first plants to have its genome sequenced. That work was done primarily at Salk.

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