Bio-Engineered Plants To Help Clean The Environment

Bio-Engineered Plants To Help Clean The Environment
Innovation

Genetically modified vegetation could hold the answer to our fuel and energy crisis.

Naresh Kumar
  • 21 october 2010

A recent report published in the Bioscience journal suggests that genetically engineered crops and plants could be used to trap greenhouse gases and increase bioenergy production. The study, led by Christer Jansson of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, says that while we presently add around 9 gigatons of carbon to the atmosphere annually, by 2050, we may be able to offset around 5-8 gigatons of the carbon emitted by growing bio-engineered plants that can remove a lot of carbon from the atmosphere and store it underground, a process known as carbon sequestration, which would increase our bioenergy producing capacity.

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