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News ID: 3975
Iran » Iran
Publish Date: 14:46 - 21 April 2014
Tehran, YJC. Researchers at Isfahan University of Technology have grown a grass that needs little water.

Isfahan University of Technology alumni Mohammad Hossein Sheikh Mohammadi says he has produced a species of grass which can be of much use in Iran’s arid weather.

Obsessed with the country’s water shortage, the Agriculture School student started experiments on a number of grasses native to Iran.

Pointing to the use of grass as the main covering for much green space in cities, Mohammadi said "Since many areas of Iran are dealing with water shortage, it is necessary to decrease the water used for civil facilities as much as possible in order to save on water.”

He stated that he has been conducting his research project for nearly two years and said "The experiments showed that a kind of desert wheat grass which is highly resistant to drought and can make do with little amounts of water is able to tune in to water shortage through mechanisms such as increase in proline, increase in anti-oxidant enzymes, and Electrolyte leakage during drought shocks.”

He expressed hope that by industrializing the plantation of the grass grounds are laid to use the species in civil facilities.

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