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Plant hormones play a vital role in plants’ daily activities, particularly where stress tolerance is concerned. For example, abscissic acid (ABA) is involved in drought stress. NRC research has shown that supplying a plant with ABA improves the plant’s ability to withstand a lack of water for a significant length of time.

By analyzing various plant hormones – up to 38 per sample – under different conditions or among different genotypes, researchers can identify potential pathways and compounds that may improve a crop’s vigour and yield under abiotic stress conditions.

Currently NRC Agriculture works with industry and academic partners around the world to analyze hormone profiles under various conditions and provide answers to how plants withstand and adapt to any number of environmental or biological stresses.

Plant hormone profiling has been applied to such crops as canola, blueberries, corn, soybean, chickpea, lentils, wheat, barley, tomato, potato, conifers, lettuce, oil palm fruit, coffee, cactus and orchid. 

Learn more about NRC’s expertise in plant hormone profiling

Research Services

NRC Agriculture strives to provide flexible access to its key technology platforms.

Partners and clients can access plant hormone profiling-related expertise and services through fee-for-service arrangements or as part of larger scale collaborative agreements.

Contact NRC Agriculture for more information:

+1 306-975-4637
agriculture@nrc.gc.ca

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