Vinegar: a cheap and simple way to help plants fight drought

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From left to right; water, HCl, formic acid, acetic acid, butyric acid, lactic acid, citric acid.

A new study reports a newly discovered biological pathway that is activated in times of drought. By working out the details of this pathway, scientists were able to induce greater tolerance for drought-like conditions simply by growing plants with acetic acid, found in vinegar.

 

Vinegar: a cheap and simple way to help plants fight drought | RIKEN

Acetate-mediated novel survival strategy against drought in plants | Nature Plants

Acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. Vinegar is roughly 3–9% acetic acid by volume.

In biochemistry, the acetyl group, derived from acetic acid, is fundamental to all forms of life. When bound to coenzyme A, it is central to the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.

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