Rosetta Green

  • The experiment tested a specific microRNA gene that was identified in
    corn and soybean, and confirmed the potential to develop plants capable
    of withstanding intermittent irrigation with seawater and growth in high
    salinity soils
  • During the experiment, plants were intermittently irrigated with salt
    water with three times the salinity level of seawater
  • Rosetta Green has previously demonstrated that microRNA genes are
    capable of improving plants under extreme drought conditions

Rosetta  Green LogoREHOVOT, Israel, Jan. 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Israeli agro-biotechnology company Rosetta Green, which develops improved crops for the agriculture industry, reports successful experimental results in which plants were grown using seawater irrigation. The experiment was conducted on tobacco plants which are used as model plants for corn and soybean. The plants that were improved by a microRNA gene were found to have an enormous potential to grow under irrigation with seawater.

In the said experiment, which took place in recent months in Rosetta Green’s controlled and unique growth rooms in Rehovot, the effect of the microRNA gene was tested on tobacco plants under conditions of seawater irrigation. For that purpose, plants that were improved by this microRNA gene and control plants that did not undergo such improvement were irrigated with salt water with triple the salinity level of seawater. Subsequently, both plant groups were put back [click to continue…]