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These Kansans See A Way To Fight Climate Change By Breeding Ecofriendly Crops

Harvest Public Media reports on food systems, agriculture and rural issues through a collaborative network of reporters and partner stations throughout the Midwest and Plains.Our goal is to provide in-depth and unbiased reporting on complex issues for a broad, diverse audience, often connecting the Heartland to the rest of the country. Primary topics include, but are not limited to, agribusiness, biofuels, climate change, farming and ranching, food safety, rural life and public policy. Kernza, a perennial grain, growing in a greenhouse at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. Farming feeds the world. But it’s also heating the planet … responsible for about 12% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Find out how a small group of Kansans are trying to develop crops that could lessen agriculture’s carbon footprint.

Ebony Murell and a few interns meticulously sort 99 kinds of silphium. It’s a wild relative to a sunflower. And the biologists at The Land Institute — an outfit devoted to finding out how science can make farming more planet-friendly — want to unravel the plant’s secrets for tolerating bugs and diseases.

“We don’t know what all of these traits mean in terms of plant defenses,” Murell said. “Any or all of them […]

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