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Enabling Plants to Combat Climate Change by Storing More Carbon Dioxide
Posted by: Prof. Dr. M. Raupp (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2020 09:31AM

Scientists from the University of Würzburg, Germany and partners are
exploring on the capability of modified plants to store more carbon dioxide,
which can possibly slow down climate change. Their findings are published in
Trends in Biotechnology.

Excessive carbon dioxide released through the soil and vegetation
respiration that is not absorbed by plants through photosynthesis fuels
global warming. The researchers conducted a study on plants with modified
metabolism, thus can absorb residual carbon dioxide more efficiently.
Initially, they used complex calculations to understand if plants can be
modulated to fix more carbon dioxide. They combined two strategies to
modulate the metabolism of the plant cell and found that the combination can
enable the plants to absorb five times more carbon dioxide than in the
normal state.

The next step is to test their theoretical calculations in tobacco plants
and Arabidopsis.


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