Common weed may be ‘super plant’ that holds key to drought-resistant crops

A common weed harbors important clues about how to create drought resistant crops in a world beset by climate change. Scientists describe how Portulaca oleracea, commonly known as purslane, integrates two distinct metabolic pathways to create a novel type of photosynthesis that enables the weed to endure drought while remaining highly productive.A common weed harbors important clues about how to create drought resistant crops in a world beset by climate change. Scientists describe how Portulaca oleracea, commonly known as purslane, integrates two distinct metabolic pathways to create a novel type of photosynthesis that enables the weed to endure drought while remaining highly productive.

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