Special proteins called membrane transporters may hold the key to greener growing by helping plants get better at delivering nutrition and water where needed, warding off pathogens and growing more tolerant to adverse growing conditions, according to a group of 12 scientists. "We need to make the crops growing on existing agricultural land work harder," said professor and study co-author Dale Sanders. "Agro-chemicals are the current solution, but we can make plants better at finding and carrying their own chemical elements."

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