Friday 26 December 2014

SUNY Cobleskill Researching an "Amazing" Tree

It's a tree with the power to save lives of those suffering from hunger, and it's being grown in the greenhouses of SUNY Cobleskill. Time Warner Cable News reporter Barry Wygel visited the campus to learn more. 
COBLESKILL, N.Y. -- For a plant, this tree has a pretty impressive resume.
"They have more vitamin C than an orange, they have more potassium than a banana, more iron than spinach and more protein than yogurt and more calcium than milk," said George Crosby, a professor of plant science at SUNY Cobleskill.
"In parts of the world where folks have a problem with malnutrition, and there are a lot of folks that are in that situation, moringa becomes a part of the puzzle."
Moringa is ideal in places like Africa, where the plant can thrive in humid hot conditions.
"You have a tree that can survive three to four months without a drop of water. It just drops its leaves and waits for it to rain," said Crosby.
Work and research is underway in the greenhouses of SUNY Cobleskill to bring the tree to a wider audience.
"My work is primarily looked at growing moringa as a crop, like we would a lot of other crops," said Crosby.
While moringa isn't a fix-all solution to world hunger, it certainly can play a role in saving lives and improving the health of the world's poorest populations.
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