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originally posted by: lakenheath24
I had never heard of these before but they sound miraculous. Halophytes are salt loving plants, which actually make potable water to live on. These plants are now being GMO'd to produce biomass fuels so that it will relieve the pressure on regular agriculture lands, and help to produce cheap biomass fuels down the line. It may even help clean up the environment in some cases. Imagine places like the Great Salt Lake in Utah, or the Dead Sea, becoming giant biomasss farms.
Estimates are that there are 480,000 square of viable, unused, land that would not impact local ecosystems. Estimates are that the land could produce 35% of the US annual oil consumption every year. Sounds like a win-win to me.
This article is kinda old in terms of technology, but it is a new rice that is highly salt tolerant and may be used in India where coastal floods have taken land.