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Tef Grain Focus Of New Research On Adapting Crops To Climate Change | KUNR

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If you’ve tried Ethiopian food, chances are you’ve heard of tef, a small, poppy-seed sized cereal chock-full of nutritional value.

Biochemistry professor John Cushman has spent the last couple of years studying tef at UNR’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources.

“This is tef, you see here in front of you,” says Cushman. “Well, you can’t see it, but it looks like any other tall grass. It’s a c4 tropical grass.”

Although frigid outside, it’s balmy inside the greenhouse, which keeps these 367 tef specimens happy.

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