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How plants avoid sunburn

Researchers at Australian National University - collaborating with Dartmouth University in the US - have discovered a group of stress-related proteins that can help plants avoid damage from harsh sunlight.

The study measured the behaviour of plants’ Heat Shock Transcription Factors (proteins that control the flow of genetic information) and found they are responsible for responses to changes in light intensity.

The findings could aid the development of crops that are able to better cope with hotter and drier conditions caused by climate change.

Read more at Australian National University

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