Center for Carbon Capturing Crops
Last Updated: 2015.04.14

» Enhancing Carbon-Capturing Capabilities

Source: Plant Sciences Institute, 2008 Annual Report
Using sunlight, plants incorporate atmospheric carbon dioxide into sugars and use these sugars to make their important plant components, such as cell walls, proteins, and oils. When a plant dies, these components are broken down at varying rates by soil microbes and the captured carbon is released back into the atmosphere.
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From left to right: Sarah Hargreaves, Drs. Yan Fu and Patrick Schnable