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Review | Special issue | Vol 82, No. 2, 2010, pp.1007-1027
Published online, 27th August, 2010
DOI: 10.3987/REV-10-SR(E)5
Indole Chemistry for Combating Yellow Sand and Desertification Directed towards Stopping Global Warming

Masanori Somei*

*Faculty of Pharmaceutical Scicences, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Kanazawa University, Kakuma, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1192,


Various derivatives of indole-3-carbaldehyde are found to be root regulators and they are named SOMRE compounds. Since some of them are potent root promoters and make roots three times longer than usual, their possibilities for increasing food production, combating yellow sand and desertification in Gobi desert, China, were examined. All preliminary experiments are thus far working well. For greening desert and stopping the global warming, it is vital importance to sow seeds to vast area of sand dune all at once. We are now on the stage to scatter seeds, pretreated with SOMRE, to sand dune by airplane.