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Sending carbon to their roots to become soil carbon could sequester it for centuries

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers claim that global warming can be fought through the use of genetically altered trees and plants.

The leaders of the study – Christer Jansson, Stan D. Wullschleger, Udaya C. Kalluri, and Gerald A. Tuskan – believe that creating forests of genetically altered trees and plants will remove "several billion tons of carbon" annually from the atmosphere, ultimately helping in the battle against global warming.

Researchers plan to increase the efficiency of these trees and plants' natural processes that allow them to remove carbon dioxide from the air by transforming it into "long-lived" forms of carbon. They would like to do this first in vegetation, and eventually in soil. 

Genetically altering trees and plants' absorption of light isn't all these researchers are looking to do, though. In addition, they'd like to make it so that these plants send more carbon into their roots as well, which would transform some of it into soil carbon. This could stifle the carbon and keep it from the air for centuries. 

Researchers are also genetically altering plants to "better withstand" the complications of growing on marginal land in order to produce improved food crops and bioenergy. This could increase the amount of carbon plants take in from the air significantly. 

The combination of genetically altered trees and plants sending carbon to its roots to be put to rest for centuries along with improved bioenergy and food crop production could yield results that are beneficial to fighting global warming and its consequences. 

This study was published in Bioscience.



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LOL
By kattanna on 10/1/2010 4:41:21 PM , Rating: 2
i see the plot for a new scifi orignal movie

in some remote eco-terrorist lab they make a sentient tree that is taught to hate mankind.

they get the world to plant them, which then turns on them sucking all the CO2 out of the air killing all grass and plants, and then all the animals starve to death.

the eco-terrorist during this time has had time to have children so when he/she realizes what the trees are doing, try to stop it, because now..suddenly.. humanity is worth saving

he/she goes out into the forest and the trees surround him and in a large burst out gas lots of CO2 killing him before he can spread the word.

movie ends as the world unites to nuke the forests.. to save themselves

credits roll




RE: LOL
By solarrocker on 10/1/2010 4:45:25 PM , Rating: 3
Skynet goes green?


RE: LOL
By CarbonJoe on 10/1/2010 6:54:28 PM , Rating: 3
There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas

The trouble with the maples
(And they're quite convinced they're right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light
But the oaks can't help their feelings
If they like the way they're made
And they wonder why the maples
Can't be happy in their shade

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream 'Oppression!'
And the oaks just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
'The oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light'
Now there's no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe and saw


RE: LOL
By Locrian on 10/2/2010 8:07:44 PM , Rating: 3
Slay the ones who chop and cut
Slay them in their wooden huts
Slay the ones who slay the birds
Slay the ones who speak with words
Slay the ones with tools and games
Slay the ones who's gods have names


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