Turning planet-warming methane into food-growing biostimulants
Indian biotech company String Bio has announced a viable new technology that can turn the greenhouse gas methane into a valuable crop input.
Reduction of atmospheric methane – eighty times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide – presents the biggest opportunity to slow the pace of global warming, according to climate scientists.
By capturing methane to turn it into usable crop nutrition products, String Bio hopes to help farmers grow more resilient crops and improve the quality of their produce.
Using its IP protected technology, String Integrated Methane Platform (SIMP), the Indian company is the first company ever to make crop inputs from methane. It has developed and successfully trialled two methane-derived crop nutrition products, suitable for both conventional and organic farming systems. Trials show how the products can increase the yield of some crops by as much as 40 per cent.
Classified as ‘biostimulants’, the inputs also provide farmers and their crops with a line of defence against the effects of global warming: the threat posed by ‘abiotic stress’, environmental factors such as drought, and extremes of temperature. Abiotic stress presents a significant threat to worldwide crop productioniii as the planet’s average temperature continues to rise.
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