As arid conditions increase in various parts of the nation and world, scientists focus are focusing on using drought-resistant plants and increasing the number of plants able to use treated wastewater that still contains salt. The less water for plants, the more clean water for humans… Researcher Stacy Bonos, at the Department of Plant Biology & Pathology at Rutgers University, and her team recently published their research on perennial ryegrass in Crop Science journal. They’ve found that perennial ryegrass is controlled by additive genetic effects rather than environmental effects, meaning that salt tolerance can be bred for… Bonos’ research team measured salt tolerance using something called "visual percent green color"–the percentage of the plant that is green and actively growing, as compared to brown and therefore dying, according to a release… "It most makes sense…in areas like Las Vegas where there may not be much drinkable water available to water your lawn," Bonos said in a release. "That’s a prime example."
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