Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

Imitation game

Can scientists engineer plants to survive on less water?

Two plants that went 12 days with no water, and then were watered again. Keep reading to see why the plant on the right survived. SANG-YOUL PARK/Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

As the California drought enters its fourth year, scientists are trying to genetically engineer plants that survive on less water. After adding a new piece of genetic code to their DNA, tomatoes and other plants were able to hold on to more water and survive without irrigation. The tactic seeks to control how much water a plant loses through the small pores on its leaves known as stomata.

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Water officials discuss drought, priorities, storage

Association of California Water Agencies

The California Board of Food and Agriculture on Tuesday heard updates from federal, state and local water officials on the drought and anticipated actions for the coming year. Board members also heard from water agency managers on potential water storage projects that may help improve the state's water system.

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Lawmakers push EPA to rethink clean water rule

McClatchy

In a year the Republican-controlled Congress is expected to take a significant whack at President Barack Obama's environmental agenda, GOP lawmakers on Wednesday told top environmental officials they should scrap what was once a fairly obscure proposal to define what is and isn't considered a body of water by federal law.

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