This week, I read an article about a biologist whose work might help save the planet. I said “help”, you’ll notice. There are plenty of partial solutions that need to be implemented, but this is one.
The article, Joanne Chory is using plants to save the planet by Sarah Kaplan, is about the work of Joanne Chory. Over age 63, grappling with Parkinson’s, she and her plant biology research team are working to create what she calls “the ideal plant.”
Wolfgang Busch, a root expert, suggested that plants could be genetically manipulated to put more carbon in their underground parts. This way, their decomposing tissue would be incorporated into the earth, rather than being released into the air. Carbon and other nutrients would be restored to soil depleted by decades of intensive agriculture. And, as an added bonus, deep-rooted plants would be more resistant to flooding and drought.Sarah Kaplan
Sometimes Chory loses heart. Then:
And then she envisions the future she still believes is possible: People living in smaller, safer, more sustainable houses. Windmills churning and solar panels gleaming from mountainsides and fields. She pictures acre after acre of farmland planted with engineered crops, their roots reaching deep into rich, healthy soil. She thinks of carbon dioxide concentrations ticking downward — measurable, meaningful change.Sarah Kaplan
I think Dr. Chory is my new hero.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Overcoming great odds.