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How one tough shrub could help fight hunger in Africa

ScienceDaily (November 2, 2018)

New study finds drought-resistant native plant can irrigate food crops

Titre : How one tough shrub could help fight hunger in Africa

ScienceDaily (November 2, 2018)

Résumé
The trick to boosting crops in drought-prone, food-insecure areas of West Africa could be a ubiquitous native shrub that persists in the toughest of growing conditions. Growing these shrubs side-by-side with the food crop millet increased millet production by more than 900 percent.

Présentation
A newly published study shows that those same shrubs — when planted adjacent to millet — can share the precious water they draw in and boost production of one of the primary grains that provide nutrition to West Africans. The new study has found that certain woody shrubs — notably one called Guiera, after the Latin name Guiera senegalensis — can effectively share their water with millet plants below the surface of the soil. Millet, a grain crop, along with sorghum, is an essential food source in Senegal.

Story Source  : Ohio State University

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