Researchers locate gene that helps plants sense heat


I’m Tyne Morgan with today’s AgDay Minute.

Which states have the highest number of structurally deficient bridges? The American Road and Transportation Builders Association have released a list. It says Iowa tops the list with more than 4-thousand bridges fitting that classification. That’s 19-percent of all its bridges. Pennsylvania comes in second, followed by Illinois, Oklahoma, and Missouri. The group says notable structurally deficient bridges include New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge and Washington DC’s Theodore Roosevelt bridge. In total, the group says more than 220-thousand American bridges need repair work.

And expect to see higher gas prices when you hit the road this summer. The Energy Information Administration says we could see a 30-percent increase in gas prices this summer compared to last year. It’s a result of anticipated increases in both crude oil prices and travel. The EIA is cal ing for an average retail price of 2-78 a gallon.

And speaking of summer and heat researchers at the University of California think they have found a gene that helps plants sense heat. They are calling it an early step in being able to influence plants response to temperature. The university says warmer temperatures can encourage plants to flower early and produce fewer seeds, reducing crop yields.

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