19 Jul SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION FOR CROP DAMAGE CAUSED BY DROUGHT
Due to global warming, droughts cause great stress to plants, slow down their growth, reduce the supply of plant foods, increase the cost to the customer. Farmers use expensive biostimulants in order to save crops during droughts. So, I decided to look for an effective alternative – calcium compounds, which are widely used in agriculture to regulate soil acidity, and are known for their role in stress signaling. I studied effects of calcium chloride on adaptive responses of three economically important crops to drought stress. I found a significant decrease of proline levels in all calcium-treated plants when drought was simulated. For this reason, calcium chloride could be used in agriculture as a cheap and environmentally friendly alternative to biostimulants.