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Parr, JF & Sullivan, LA 2007, 'Sugarcane the champion crop at carbon sequestration', Australian Canegrower, 17 December, pp. 14-15.

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Dr Jeff Parr and Professor Leigh Sullivan, both researchers from Southern Cross University and Plantstone Pty Ltd in Lismore NSW, have recently discovered that a process that occurs naturally in plants (especially grasses such as sugarcane), plays an important role in countering CO2 emissions and global warming.

This process is termed plantstone carbon and is also referred to as phytolith occluded carbon. Their research shows that plantstone carbon has been extracting 300 million tonnes of CO2 per year from the atmosphere and storing it securely in soil for thousands of years.

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