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Plant Genomic Study Identifies Genes Adapted for Harsher Climates

As the climate on our planet becomes drier, it is important to understand how crops can be grown on arid, nutrient-poor soil under harsh environmental conditions such as intense radiation, high salinity and large fluctuations of temperatures. Toward this aim, an international team of scientists have collected, sequenced and analyzed dominant plant species and soil microbes at different vegetational areas and elevations in the Atacama Desert in Chile.