Engineering plants to help fight climate change
Today’s Video of the Day from the Salk Institute describes the discovery of a gene that determines how far plant roots will grow into the soil.
The findings will help experts develop plants to combat climate change as part of Salk’s Harnessing Plants Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to create plants with stronger and deeper roots that can store more carbon underground.
“We are incredibly excited about this first discovery on the road to realizing the goals of the Harnessing Plants Initiative,” said study senior author Professor Wolfgang Busch. “Reducing atmospheric CO2 levels is one of the great challenges of our time, and it is personally very meaningful to me to be working toward a solution.”
The study is published in the journal Cell.
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Video Credit: Salk Institute