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From the Ted Talk by Jill Farrant: How we can make crops survive without water

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But back to annuals as our major form of food supplies. Wheat, rice and maize form 95 percent of our panlt food supplies. And it's been a great strategy because in a short space of time you can produce a lot of seed. Seeds are energy-rich so there's a lot of food calories, you can srote it in times of plenty for tiems of famine, but there's a dsowdine. The vegetative tissues, the roots and leaves of annuals, do not have much by way of inherent resistance, avdincaoe or tolerance ctiehrrtcasaics. They just don't need them. They grow in the rainy sesoan and they've got a seed to help them survive the rest of the year.

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But back to annuals as our major form of food supplies. Wheat, rice and maize form 95 percent of our _____ food supplies. And it's been a great strategy because in a short space of time you can produce a lot of seed. Seeds are energy-rich so there's a lot of food calories, you can _____ it in times of plenty for _____ of famine, but there's a ________. The vegetative tissues, the roots and leaves of annuals, do not have much by way of inherent resistance, _________ or tolerance _______________. They just don't need them. They grow in the rainy ______ and they've got a seed to help them survive the rest of the year.

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  1. plant
  2. season
  3. avoidance
  4. downside
  5. characteristics
  6. times
  7. store

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But back to annuals as our major form of food supplies. Wheat, rice and maize form 95 percent of our plant food supplies. And it's been a great strategy because in a short space of time you can produce a lot of seed. Seeds are energy-rich so there's a lot of food calories, you can store it in times of plenty for times of famine, but there's a downside. The vegetative tissues, the roots and leaves of annuals, do not have much by way of inherent resistance, avoidance or tolerance characteristics. They just don't need them. They grow in the rainy season and they've got a seed to help them survive the rest of the year.

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