Plants vs floods! is part of a series of six animations about the ways that everyday plants are doing amazing things.
Excessive rain can be a nuisance. For agriculture and our economy, it can be a crisis. Excessive rain creates excessive run-off, and very important things are simply washed away – damaging the land.
However, a collaboration of BBSRC-funded scientists came up with a new type of grass which develops huge roots. These huge roots change the structure of the soil, allowing it to hold much more water than usual.
This innovation can reduce water run-off by up to 51%, so that nutrient-rich topsoil can be protected.
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