What is it about?
Water stress controls the growth, productivity, and health of plants. We have developed a new technology to measure water stress in active, intact leaves. This nanotechnology operates in both controlled and field environments.
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Why is it important?
Our approach provides access to water status in a critical tissue within leaves - the mesophyll - in which photosynthesis and exchange of water and carbon dioxide with the atmosphere occur. This access opens routes to characterize the physical and biological processes by which plants regulate water use and respond to environmental conditions. These processes are important targets for breeding efficient, resilient crop species and understanding ecophysiological responses to drought.
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This page is a summary of: A minimally disruptive method for measuring water potential in planta using hydrogel nanoreporters, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, May 2021, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2008276118.
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