Switchgrass Key to Future Plant Hardiness?
(Agri-View/Renewable Energy World) The relationship between a prairie grass such as switchgrass and naturally occurring microbes may help shed light on growing hardier plants for livestock and humans. Understanding how microbes promote prairie grasses to grow in nutrient-deficient, marginal soils could have an impact on developing forage and crops, according to researchers at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Oklahoma.
The institutions recently received a five-year, $11 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study soil microbial populations in and around switchgrass plants that grow on nutritionally depleted soils. READ MORE