DEEPER ROOTING 1 Gene

DEEPER ROOTING 1 Gene

The shape of a plant’s root system impacts the resources it can access. The DEEPER ROOTING 1 (DRO1) gene assists in modulating the angle at which the roots grow. Knot-out mutations in the DRO1 gene lead to horizontal root growth, while plants that over-expressed DRO1 have more downward root growth.

Benefits
• More downward root growth may lead to increased access to water at deeper soil layers
• Potential for improving plant stability in soil

Applications
• Trees and other plants with altered root system shape to better access soil resources such as water and nutrients, as well as potentially improved anchorage

Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
106.15
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