Salk plant researchers launch collaboration to breed carbon-capturing sorghum
Salk’s Harnessing Plants Initiative (HPI) aims to address climate change by optimizing the ability of crop plants to remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it deeply in the ground for long periods. Now, HPI researchers, led by Salk Research Professor Todd Michael, have established a five-year, $6.2 million collaboration with Senior Research Scientist Nadia Shakoor at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to identify and develop sorghum plants that can better capture and store atmospheric carbon. Sorghum, one of the top five cereal crops in the world, is known as an environmentally friendly, drought-resistant plant, making it an ideal crop to optimize for carbon capture.
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