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Improving sorghum’s carbon capture the goal of researchers

Improving sorghum’s carbon capture the goal of researchers

Jeff Gelski writes in FoodBusinessNews about a new research project that is aiming to improve the carbon capture capacity of sorghum.

The C3 Take
  • The Salk Institute’s Harnessing Plants Initiative is leading a five-year, $6.2 million project to identify and develop sorghum plants that better capture carbon.
  • Sorghum is a widely used drought resistant crop that was planted on 7 million acres in the United States in 2020.
  • While the results of the research remain to be seen, this initiative could be instrumental in the advancement of nature-based climate solutions.

“Dr. Shakoor has developed sensors to monitor plants’ environments and growth in real-time. Her team will identify varieties of sorghum that have the traits needed to optimize carbon capture, with one example being large, deep root systems to store and move carbon into the surrounding soil.”

Read the full article here.

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