Alcohol Can Help Plants Suffering from Drought

When plants are deprived of water, they naturally produce ethanol.

A new study suggests ethanol or alcohol an help plants survive in times of drought, even for as long as two weeks without water. When plants are deprived of water, they naturally produce ethanol. That led Japanese researchers to theorize that giving alcohol to plants may protect them. The researchers grew wheat and rice plants, regularly watering them, and then added ethanol to the soil in one group of plants over three days. They then deprived both groups of water for two weeks and found that drunk plants fared better than sober ones…by a lot.