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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