Flood tolerance of wetland plants

Climate changes have already resulted in an increased number of flood events also in parts of the world where the annual precipitation has decrease. Hence, the natural vegetation of wetlands becomes flooded on a stochastic basis and the plants have to cope with the flooded - or perish. Also dryland vegetation, including many of our important crops, may become flooded with severe consequences for natural ecosystems and crops yields. Plants have evolved traits conferring flood tolerance and the aim of the project is to work with these traits in order to better understand how natural wetland plants respond to flooding. This research may lead to breeding of crops such as rice, wheat and barley that are better suited to a modern climate.

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