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Salt tolerance evolves more frequently in C 4 grass lineages

Bromham, Lindell; Bennett, Thomas

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Salt tolerance has evolved many times in the grass family, and yet few cereal crops are salt tolerant. Why has it been so difficult to develop crops tolerant of saline soils when salt tolerance has evolved so frequently in nature? One possible explanation is that some grass lineages have traits that predispose them to developing salt tolerance and that without these background traits, salt tolerance is harder to achieve. One candidate background trait is photosynthetic pathway, which has also...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/69178
Source: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12320

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