Genetically-engineered trees can capture more carbon
Could hacking nature lead to a solution to climate change? Living Carbon, a public benefit company, enhances natural solutions in plants to improve carbon capture. They demonstrated that photosynthesis-enhanced trees can capture more carbon to keep it out of the atmosphere. These trees have a faster growth rate and accumulate 53% more biomass. It means they do more of what trees do best: sequester carbon to help prevent extra greenhouse gas emissions from circulating in the atmosphere.
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Living Carbon demonstrates for the first time that trees have the potential to capture more carbon in a shorter period of time. The goal of Living Carbon’s photosynthesis-enhancement research is to allow for commonly planted trees to photosynthesize with the same capacity as the most efficient 15% of plants. The organization hopes to underscore the potential of biotechnology to be used to combat climate change. Thereby, create responsible uses for technology in a changing climate.