As the climate warms, scientists are conducting experiments around the world to try to boost drought resistance in a wide range of crops.

 But a study out of the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science in Japan is especially promising because the key ingredient helping a wide range of crops survive severe drought is cheap and readily available: vinegar.

 Reporting in the journal Nature Plants, the researchers say that plants grown in drought conditions and treated with water, acetic acid (vinegar), or other organic acids all died—except for 70% of those treated with acetic acid.

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