Engineering Plants For Increased Nutrition And Increased Stress Tolerance

Field trials of camelina

Nevada’s climate varies from desert regions in the south to semiarid regions in the north. As such only 1.3% of total acreage in the state is classified as croplands. Unfortunately due to global warming it has been predicted that the climate of many agricultural regions throughout the world will evolve to be more like Nevada, hot and dry.

Therefore while the goal aimed at adapting crops to arid environments has current relevance and urgency to Nevada agriculture, our findings will also be relevant to future agricultural realities. Furthermore, as arable crop lands and water become scarce, the goal of developing food crops fortified with thiamin will help maintain food security by providing a “bigger nutritional bang” from less total crop biomass.

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