10 July 2008

Scientists Stunned to Discover CO2 Helps Plants Grow

Nobody hipped them to the photosynthesis thing, I guess.
The French Press Agency reports that a group of German scientists has found that increasing exposure to carbon dioxide can actually boost crop growth.

Researchers at the Johann Heinrich von Thunen Institute spray plants with carbon dioxide jets so that the air around the plants is equivalent to with what some scientists predict will be the level of CO2 in the atmosphere by the year 2050.

Hans-Joachim Wiegel, one of the researchers, said that by spraying the plants "output increased by 10 percent for barley, beets and wheat."

Other established scientific concepts they plan to re-discover in the future:

  1. Earth orbits Sun instead of the other way around

  2. Water is wet

  3. Sky is dark at night, lighter in the morning, extra bright between noon and 5 p.m.