Barley grain is used as the predominant ingredient in beer and other alcoholic beverages. Increased atmospheric CO2 gives a massive boost to the biomass and the grain, according to research covered at co2science. Even more impressive was the grain yield with one third less moisture available. Check out the results, here.
Plant Growth Database (6 September 2016)
Our latest posting of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for well-watered and fertilized barley plants (Schmid et al., 2016). To access the entire database, click here.
This year across Australia, grain yield is about to hit record high tonnages, the opposite of what those campaigning against fossil fuels predict.
Of course many other species have fared very well with more CO2 and less moisture. Genomics can improve things further: How Genomics Can Help Feed Earth’s Growing Human Population (30 August 2016)
Just as there is more than one way to skin a cat, there are also more ways of ensuring that the increasing population of our planetary home will have enough food to eat throughout the eons to […]