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Could plants help prevent flooding?

Copyright: University of York

Excessive rain can be a nuisance, but for agriculture and our economy, it can be a crisis.

Excessive rain creates excessive run-off, and very important things are simply washed away – damaging the land.


However, a collaboration of BBSRC-funded scientists came up with a new type of grass which develops huge roots. These huge roots change the structure of the soil, allowing it to hold much more water than usual.

This innovation can reduce water run-off by up to 51%, so that nutrient-rich topsoil can be protected.

This is one way scientists are making plants do amazing things.

For more information, see: Plant science.



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