The goal of this study was to characterize the effects of abiotic stress upon
Arabidopsis thaliana, a model organism often utilized in research pertaining to plant biology.
Abiotic stress, identifiable as excessive amounts of a non-living factor in an environment,
can cause significant damage to plant cells and inhibit successful growth. Such stresses
include heat and drought. They are caused by climate change and extreme weather. The
detrimental effects of abiotic stresses have had a profound impact on crops. Global crop yield
has fallen over the past decade and global hunger rates have risen as a result. This may be
combatted by conducting research on Arabidopsis thaliana to enable the global community
to better understand the properties associated with abiotic stresses and their impacts on
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