Case of the Drought Resistant Genetically Engineered Corn Plant
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Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary (PASSeL) Lesson
How to use this resource
This scenario accompanies the online lesson "Transpiration - Water Movement Through Plants" and is designed to allow you to apply the concepts learned in that lesson to a real-life problem.
Meet Brandon, a farmer in south-central Nebraska. Brandon raises daughters for fun and corn for profit.
Brandon hears about a new type of genetically engineered corn that is being developed to be drought resistant. Brandon is an expert on growing corn in water limiting conditions.
Question: Why would limited water be important in growing corn?
To review this concept click on the link: Transpiration - What and Why?
A. the water supports the structure of the plant since that plant does not have bones.
B. the water brings nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus into the plant
C. plants need water in their cells for biochemical processes.
D. All of the above are reasons plants need water to grow. Limiting water will limit how these processes work in the plant.
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