AgCenter scientists have developed several fast-growing varieties of smooth cordgrass to promote stable, long-term coastal restoration. These new varieties increase genetic diversity and allow greater adaptation to environmental changes. The cordgrasses also produce a high number of viable seeds that could allow them to quickly establish a wide area and provide dense coverage. The varieties are most effective in natural brackish and saline marsh environments.
LSU AgCenter scientists have created a new rice line with a brilliant purple color. This variety has an increased level of antioxidants. It also has a much higher quality than rice of similar types and possesses many long-grain characteristics, such as very tall stalks and fewer days to maturity.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture