Feds identify carbon sequestration mefchanism

Daniel B. Wheeler dwheeler at ipns.com
Sat Sep 7 14:12:56 EST 2002


"Richard McGuiness" <armich at cox.net> wrote in message news:<8Bae9.97496$082.4155304 at news1.east.cox.net>...
> Rich Soil Good for Trapping Carbon Dioxide - Study
> Fri Sep 6, 4:58 PM ET
> 
> WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A sticky protein shed by fungi living on plant roots
> is responsible for absorbing and storing sizable amounts of the carbon
> dioxide pollution linked to global warming ( news - web sites), U.S.
> Agriculture Department scientists said on Friday.
> 
> 
> 
> The protein, glomalin, glues soil particles and organic matter together
> which stabilizes soil and keeps carbon from escaping into the atmosphere.
> Farmland and forests around the world are seen as valuable to offset carbon
> emissions from cars and industrial plants, offering the potential for carbon
> credit emission trading.
> 
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Thanks for posting, Richard. This sounds suspiciously like the fungal
exudate produced by truffles. Dr. James Trappe identified this fungal
exudate several years ago, and linked it to truffle activity.
Extrapolating the data, truffles may be more important to carbon
sequestration and long-term forest health than previously thought.

BTW, truffles have been found in all states mentioned in the article.

Daniel B. Wheeler
www.oregonwhitetruffles.com



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