Drought-tolerant plants get four new patents

Drought-tolerant plants get four new patents

New cultivated varieties of cactus plants can be grown in areas of the Valley with high selenium levels and limited access to quality water.

Fresno State gained four new patents for cultivated varieties of cactus plants that can be grown in areas of the Valley with high selenium levels and limited access to quality water.

“Developing new salt- and boron-tolerant cultivars from Opuntia cactus that can grow in unproductive soils of the west side of the San Joaquin Valley may encourage widespread production of new crops and produce products of economic value,” said USDA plant and soil scientist Gary Banuelos

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