“Improve on the ability of plants to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.”

Genetically engineering our way out of climate change

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Sat, Dec 23rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to the LA Times, researchers are looking at finding ways to help plants improve their carbon absorption and keeping it stored in the ground by turning it into something similar to cork. If this idea is feasible, we may want to hurry.

Noel first observed this after throwing a cork from a wine bottle in with his compost at home.

“It’s a natural plant product, but when I put it in the compost heap, nothing happened to it even as everything else decayed,” he said.

Further research in the lab revealed that suberin is one of the most stable forms of carbon in the soil. That means once carbon from the atmosphere makes it into the ground in the form of suberin, it will stay put.

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