25 May '15, 6pm

Bacteria Can Help Plants Cope With Climate Change

Bacteria Can Help Plants Cope With Climate Change

A fluorescent micrograph capturing the presence of bacteria (shown as green) on the surface of an emerging plant root. A range of recent studies into the benefits of microbes in soil has uncovered their potential to help plants cope with water and heat stress. As any hobby permaculture student knows the key to a good crop with high yield is not herbicides and pesticides but healthy soil. Research is supporting this premise and is urging commercial farmers to consider the potential of the communities of beneficial bacteria, billions strong, and adapted through millennia to aid plants in their battle for survival. Esther Ngumbi, Research Fellow at Auburn University states “Cotton, corn and tomato plants grown in soil that is infused with certain bacteria have root sizes that are triple the size of plants grown in untreated soil after water has been withheld for just five day...

Full article: http://www.greenoptimistic.com/plant-bacteria-climate-cha...

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