$1.5M to fund new study on the effects of CO2 on plants
A $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Purdue University to create a new study that looks at the effects on plants of the greenhouse gas CO2 and its effect on plant development will also provide additional research for the U,S.
The National Academy said in a news release Tuesday that the new study will focus on how CO2 affects plants and how the greenhouse gases might affect crops, livestock and humans.
The study is expected to be finished by the end of this year, the release said.
Purdue University said in its news release that the project will be funded by the U’s National Science Foundation (NSF).
The NSF is an agency of the Department of Energy.
Pamela Moll, Purdue University Extension’s program manager for agricultural economics and policy, said in the news release the new grant will be a “game-changer” for the Purdue Extension and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Purchasing of seeds, pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides from non-US sources is a common practice among farmers, she said.
“If we don’t have that research to look at the impact of greenhouse gases on our farmers, the impact on the environment, how are we going to know if the things we’re trying to do are good for the environment and the economy?”
The center will continue to provide support for Purdue research in the areas of greenhouse gas, soil, water and other environmental issues.
The Center for Agriculture and Trade Policy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln said in an email to the U the grant is a “significant development” and the university is “looking forward to receiving it.”
The Center on Food Safety and the National Center for Food Policy and Technology are both affiliated with the USDA.
They are also not affiliated with Purdue.