I was watching an over 2 hour presentation on sustainable vegetation and one of the presentations was by this molecular biologist from South Africa Jill Farrant, and she seemed interesting so I looked around for more by her, found two TED talks and this interview on television on the same subject. Resurrection plants; plants that can survive extreme dehydration for months or years. She performs 'targeted genetic modification of crop plants to make them tolerate desiccation by activating genes that are already there but not natively expressed in response to drought.' As the world's population grows and the effects of climate change come into sharper relief, we'll have to feed more people using less arable land. Molecular biologist Jill Farrant studies a rare phenomenon that may help: "resurrection plants" — super-resilient plants that seemingly come back from the dead. Could they hold promise for growing food in our coming hotter, drier world?