Dixon has worked on the synthesis of tannins for several years, pushing the field toward a more complete understanding of how the molecules are made within plants. UNT researchers Ji Hyung Jun and Nan Lu, co-authors on his most recent paper, are looking to expand on the research with other crops.
They are currently working with Dixon to increase tannins in soybeans and introduce them into corn, where tannins are not naturally found. Corn is proving more difficult, as it is not clear what is missing to allow tannin formation. The research could lead to breakthroughs in issues facing many food types.
“The negative contributions of agriculture to climate change through methane release from cattle are huge,” Dixon said. “Developing forage crops that would result in less methane production is really important, if we're to carry on eating beef going into the future. An understanding of tannins can make the wine better and the steak more sustainable.”
“This paper may be the final step in understanding an incredibly complicated process,” Dixon said.
Dixon said he is looking forward to seeing what future researchers do with the research he started. In many cases, his past breakthroughs have shown that the ways in which these complex molecules are formed are much more nuanced than anyone initially believed.
He said the research could not only affect food supply for animals and humans who eat the animals, but also potentially have environmental effects on greenhouse gases.
A University of North Texas College of Science professor has moved researchers across the globe closer to understanding how to make condensed tannins in forage crops such as alfalfa, not only making food more nutritious for animals, but potentially improving food supply and limiting global warming.
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