Voice of America reveals the secrets of CIAT “supergrass”

2 November, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT scientists feature in a new documentary about the environmental benefits of brachiaria, produced by US broadcaster Voice of America.

Brachiaria – a nutritious forage grass – can drastically reduce the environmental impact of livestock production by inhibiting nitrification, the process by which soil nitrogen is converted into the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide. Continued research into brachiaria could eventually lead to the development of improved, eco-efficient staple food crops that make better use of soil nitrogen, and rely less on the application of fertilisers

Click the screen below to watch the 4-minute documentary, or read the text version here.

UK-based development magazine New Agriculturist also ran a detailed article on the wonders of brachiaria recently, and you can see a CIAT Brachiaria factsheet here.

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  • Marvin José Perneth Montaño

    Brachiaria grass species offer an alternative to improve productivity in the Latin American, because of their coevolution with large African herbivores have been under tremendous pressure of natural selection and with its great diversity, have genes for resistance to biotic and abiotic persistence under grazing, high biomass production of good quality and now the possibility of biological nitrification inhibition.

    In Brachiaria pastures may be part of the solution to the problems of nutrition and feeding of livestock in tropical America.

    Marvin José Perneth Montaño
    Agronomist Engineer.
    Specialist Grass and Forage.
    M.Sc student in Plant Physiology.

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