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SALK INSTITUTE

INITIATIVE TO RECEIVE

MORE THAN $35 MILLION

TO FIGHT CLIMATE

CHANGE

The Salk Institute’s Harnessing Plants Initiative to combat

climate change using plants, led by Professor Joanne Chory,

executive director of the initiative, will receive funding of over $35

million frommore than 10 individuals and organizations through

The Audacious Project, a highly competitive programhoused at

TED. The collective commitments represent one of the largest

gifts to a single project in the Institute’s history.

“We are overjoyedwith this strong showof support for the

Harnessing Plants Initiative fromdonors through The Audacious

Project,” says Chory, who is also director of Salk’s PlantMolecular

and Cellular Biology Laboratory. “Plants have evolved over time

to be an ideal vehicle for carbon capture and storage. If we can

optimize plants’ natural ability to capture and store carbon, we

can develop plants that not only have the potential to reduce

carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (negative emissions) but that

can also help enrich soils and increase crop yields.”

IN THE NEWS

Joanne Chory

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