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Tree grows faster    in polluted air

http://www.jewishworldreview.com | (UPI) -- A rainforest tree found in the Brazilian rainforest grows faster in atmospheres with high levels of carbon dioxide, according to Marcos Buckeridge, a scientist at Sao Paolo's botanical gardens.

This could be important in fighting climate change, as carbon dioxide is believed to be one of the greenhouse gases making the planet warmer, the British Broadcasting Corp. reports.

The tree, named Jatoba, was grown in normal air, which has 360 carbon dioxide parts per million, and in parallel grew plantlets at 720 parts per million, which is the concentration expected for 2075, according to Buckeridge.

"The first thing we saw was that photosynthesis doubled in the plants that were growing at the higher CO2 concentration," Buckeridge says.

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