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Increasing Biomass Uptake Rate of CO₂

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Living plants are the only currently viable form of CO2 capture from air. Growing more biomass could enable larger amounts of carbon-neutral plant material for the production of fuels, chemicals, and materials and for carbon-negative CO2 sequestration strategies. A number of promising opportunities exist for increasing the rates of CO2 uptake by plants, including emerging tools in plant genetics that could allow us to “rewire” photosynthesis and dramatically increase plant growth rates, increasing the global impact of plant-based CO2 mitigation strategies.