‘Super grass’ could vastly reduce agriculture emissions, say scientists

Brachiaria supergrass is studied at the CIAT's headquarters in ColombiaBy Jonathan Watts
The Guardian – Scientists will call for a major push this week to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture through the use of a modified tropical grass.

Brachiaria grasses have been found to inhibit the release of nitrous oxide, which has a more powerful warming effect than carbon dioxide or methane, leading them to be called a super grass.

The authors of several new papers on this grass, which is already used in pastures across much of Latin America, say enhanced strains, wider usage and improved management will provide the most effective means of tackling climate change through agriculture, which accounts for about a third of all greenhouse gases.

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Source and Photo: The Guardian, 17th September, 2013
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