The Next Green Revolution, Powered by Microbes

Posted by Mike Confino, January 15, 2015

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With the double threat of decreasing crop yields and a 35% surge in food demand over the next century, no idea in agricultural science can be too big or too audacious.

One technique that’s been tossed around for decades, but never successfully implemented, is the directed, selective breeding of a plant’s microbial support system. Soil microbes function similar to the human microbiome—they defend against harmful antigens and help access important nutrients. Mycorrhizal fungi, in particular, have an ancient symbiotic relationship with plants—for hundreds of millions of years, they’ve been exchanging water and nutrients for access to carbohydrates, and they are present around the root systems of 80–90% of agricultural crops.

via Big Idea of 2014: The Next Green Revolution, Powered by Microbes — NOVA Next | PBS.

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