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How plants conquered the land. Public Release: 19-May-2016
Sean Ross Stevenson, Yasuko Kamisugi, et al. Genetic analysis of Physcomitrella patens identifies ABSCISIC ACID NON-RESPONSIVE (ANR), a regulator of ABA responses unique to basal land plants and required for desiccation tolerance. The Plant Cell May 18, 2016 May 18, 2016, doi: tpc.00091.2016