Institute of field and vegetable crops (IFVCNS) hosted two young researchers Malin Alf from Universitat Rostock and Irene Luzzi from Universita degli Studi di Padova. Their visit was focused on bringing joint efforts to advance the understanding of drought tolerance in sunflower through innovative in vitro testing methods and the identification of key genes involved in drought tolerance using RT-PCR.

The researchers successfully set up in vitro tests designed to assess drought tolerance in sunflowers and to identify resilient crop varieties capable of withstanding water scarcity. In addition to the hands-on work, they engaged with CROPINNO team at IFVCNS in discussions and knowledge exchange, pooling each other’s expertise to enhance research methodologies. The exchange of experiences fostered learning environment, laying the groundwork for future advancements in drought tolerance studies.

The application of Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) techniques enables identification and information on gene expression level of genes associated with drought tolerance. This molecular approach provides a deeper understanding of the genetic factors influencing plant’s ability to thrive in arid conditions.

As the global agricultural community is confronted with the challenges posed by climate change, such collaboration points out the importance of international cooperation in addressing critical issues and finding sustainable solutions. Stay tuned for further updates on CROPINNO’s efforts in crop research and development.