A typical process for development of drought tolerant crop using biotechnology. Traditional process is indicated by blue arrows. Green arrows indicate use of high throughput phenotype analysis for optimization of crop phenotypes.
As the world population grows and more land is utilized for housing instead of food production, farmers will need to grow crops in locations previously unsuited for plant cultivation. Creating plants that can withstand long periods of drought or high salt content in soil and groundwater will help people to grow crops in formerly inhospitable places.