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Brachiaria - grass roots answer to nitrification

Brachiaria humidicola, a species of grass used to feed livestock in Latin America, could be a valuable tool in tackling climate change. The plant roots produce a chemical that inhibits the conversion of fertiliser nitrogen into nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas. Scientists are now investigating how brachiaria could be used in developing low nitrifying crop-livestock systems.
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Floyd: Our advice would be to contact CIAT who implemented the project - http://ciat.cgiar.org/contact-us. They should be able to provide you with more information.
posted by: New Agriculturist (14:30:14 Thu 2nd January 2014)

Has any work with Brachiaria been done in Tanzania East Africa? We recently purchased a 8,000 acre cattle ranch which has been over grazed for years. We wish to introduce new forage species to improve the soil composition and livestock. Any advice?
posted by: Floyd Hammer (01:26:51 Sun 22nd December 2013)

Its great news, do the other bracharias grass such as MG-5, produce the same chemical?, I am about to plant MG-5, so this information came just in time for me.Thank you for your answer
posted by: Carlos Sosa (23:46:07 Thu 12th July 2012)

 

 

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