Draining rice fields cuts greenhouse gas

2019-03-03 08:16:02

By Padma Tata THE rice fields of Asia belch vast amounts of methane into the atmosphere. But simply draining them shortly before the rice flowers could slash emissions from many fields by more than half. Methane-generating, anaerobic bacteria thrive in the oxygen-starved soils of flooded rice fields. The bacteria feast on sticky substances that ooze out of the roots,