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RAVI AGRAWAL – CAN ‘SUPERCHARGED’ PLANTS SOLVE THE CLIMATE CRISIS?

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Crops already suck up a lot of carbon dioxide. One scientist thinks they can do much more. Super plants to the rescue!  The fight against climate change may seem hopeless, but humanity has a simple and powerful ally in plain sight: plants. At least that’s the belief of the botanist Joanne Chory and her team of scientists at the Salk Institute or Biological Studies in San Diego. As part of her Harnessing Plants Initiative, Chory is focused on genetically modifying plants to absorb more carbon dioxide—and then hold on to it for longer—than their wild cousins through a larger and deeper network of carbon-storing roots, creating so-called Ideal Plants. Every year, humanity emits 37 gigatons of carbon dioxide; photosynthetic life can process and capture nearly half of that amount.

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 Crops already suck up a lot of carbon dioxide. One scientist thinks they can do much more.


Super plants to the rescue! 


The fight against climate change may seem hopeless, but humanity has a simple and powerful ally in plain sight: plants. At least that’s the belief of the botanist Joanne Chory and her team of scientists at the Salk Institute or Biological Studies in San Diego.
As part of her Harnessing Plants Initiative, Chory is focused on genetically modifying plants to absorb more carbon dioxide—and then hold on to it for longer—than their wild cousins through a larger and deeper network of carbon-storing roots, creating so-called Ideal Plants. Every year, humanity emits 37 gigatons of carbon dioxide; photosynthetic life can process and capture nearly half of that amount. Chory believes that coaxing a little more productivity out of plants could make a dramatic difference. And she has no shortage of backers: In April, Chory received a more than $35 million Audacious Project prize to drive her team’s research.

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RAVI AGRAWAL - CAN ‘SUPERCHARGED’ PLANTS SOLVE THE CLIMATE CRISIS?
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