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a false or moderate water deficit can induce the up-regulation of resistance genes and improve tomato fruit quality.

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Without real stresses, a false stress to create a crisis signal to induce some sleeping genes that inactivated by excessive fertilization and irrigation. The theory of signal transduction is used in plant production. A new research field neglected by molecular biologists.

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This is one of a series of research on applications of xerophytophysiology and signal transduction in plant production. Molecular biologists use the model plant Arabidopsis to do this kind of research, but they do not know how to use these theories to production of crops such as tomato, peanut, wheat and flowers.

Dr HUI-LIAN XU
International Nature Farming Research Center

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This page is a summary of: APPLICATIONS OF XEROPHYTOPHYSIOLOGY IN PLANT PRODUCTION - TOMATO FRUIT YIELD AND QUALITY IMPROVED BY RESTRICTED IRRIGATIONS IN SOIL-BASED GREENHOUSES, Acta Horticulturae, April 2011, International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), DOI: 10.17660/actahortic.2011.893.111.
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