Hormones Used To Hasten Or Slow Down Senescence In Food Crops.
The current population in Nigeria is at 198 million, with continuous increase in population projected reach to over 400 million by 2050, Nigeria requires steep interventions to increase food production to ensure food security. Senescence, a term used to describe the natural process of age related deterioration in plant development has been identified as an important phenomenon limiting the crop yields. Evidence shows that plant hormones have the ability to regulate plant developmental and physiological processes and can be easily applied to the part of plant that needs modification.
There are however, different types of plant hormones with different functions. Depending on the circumstance, some hormones can be used to slow down this natural deterioration or hasten it. Plant hormones can be used to induce flowering for reproduction or manipulate the size of fruit produced. The toxicity of some plant hormones has however, called for the need for regulation of all hormones. The use of hormones, regulated, has the potential to favorably increase the yield of many crops and could be instrumental in averting food insecurity crisis. How? Download the article below.
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