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Adapting plant roots to a hotter planet could help ease pressure on food supply

Credit: Alexander Bucksch and Suxing Liu;  Composite artwork of a photograph and a reconstructed 3D model of the same maize root

Supercomputer-powered 3D imaging of roots helps develop climate change-adapted plants

The shoots of plants get all the glory, with their fruit and flowers and visible structure. But it's the portion that lies below the soil -- the branching, reaching arms of roots and hairs pulling up water and nutrients -- that has deep implications for the future, according to plant physiologist and computer scientist Alexander Bucksch of the University of Georgia.

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