By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now
As worries of food scarcity grow, it’s comforting to know that agriculture researchers are leaving no field of inquiry fallow.
At Brigham Young University, a research team has confronted one problem that’s confounded those trying to extend our nation’s “bread basket” and which plagues the unique landscape surrounding Salt Lake City – that of salty soil in which growing anything green can be a monumental task.
Aiming to turn these arid lands into useable crop fields, they searched the globe for plants that can grow in salty conditions. They landed on a salt-tolerant plant called Panicum turgidum that – surprise – thrived in many coastal areas. After measuring its protein contain, they agreed it could be a suitable alternative to corn feed grain for cattle, according to a Newswise news release about the findings.