Plants with a water switch

“We have a technology, a gene, that gives you a plant that’s drought resistant.

“The system that we’ve developed switches on only during drought.

“During normal growth, if a plant’s got water, the system is switched off, as if the gene wasn’t there.” The technology improves the efficiency of water use under all conditions, says Performance Plants, a leading Canadian plant biotechnology firm.


In the United States up to 61 percent of farmers use biotech corn seeds while up to 89 percent use biotech soybeans.