A method to increase drought resistance in plants is provided. The method comprises inhibiting or disabling inward-rectifying K.sup.+ (K.sup.+.sub.in) channels in the stomatal guard cells of the plant.
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The invention was made, at least in part, with a grant from the Government of the United States of America (grant FG03-94-ER20148 from the Department of Energy and grant MCB-9506191 from the National Science Foundation). The Government may have certain rights in the invention.