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Booze Might Help Make Plants Drought-Resistant

The next time you’re mixing up a cocktail at home, you might offer up a round

Ethanol — a form of alcohol present in all boozy beverages — can help plants retain water and mitigate

In drought conditions, plants naturally produce small amounts of ethanol

Drought-prevention can help bolster agricultural production in a food crisis, CNN reports

Researchers conducted an experiment on these two types of plants, adding ethanol to their soil for three

That short exposure to ethanol treatment resulted in less water loss and enhanced drought tolerance

While ethanol seems to negatively affect plants’ leaf growth during non-drought times, the study states that this

While it’s unknown exactly why plants produce ethanol during dry seasons, this study may help farmers