Circadian Rhythms of Plants Could Set the Time for Crop Spraying

Research published in the journal Nature Communications found that the death of plant tissue and slow-down in growth resulting from the herbicide glyphosate depends upon the time that the herbicide is applied and also the biological clock, or circadian rhythm, of the plant.

Dr. Antony Dodd, senior lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences and senior author of the paper, said: “This proof of concept research suggests that, in future, we might be able to refine the use of some chemicals that are used in agriculture by taking advantage of the biological clock in plants. Approaches of this type, combining biotechnology with precision agriculture, can provide economic and environmental benefits.”

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