Two drought simulators designed to test the effects of water deficiency on crops are now operational at the University of Missouri’s Bradford Research and Extension Center east of Columbia. The simulators are part of a $1,558,125 Missouri Life Sciences Research Board grant to study how reduced water availability affects plants and crop productivity, and how new breeds of drought-tolerant plants can boost yields.
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Usually, a trip to a research farm involves a long ride from main campus to the facility. When University of Missouri President Gary Forsee and Chancellor Brady Deaton visited the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource’s South Farm, the trip took only a few minutes.