Researchers find pathway in bacteria for improved nitrogen fertilization

December 3, 2013 |

In England, researchers from the Imperial College London and the Polish Academy of Sciences report that bacteria could be made to produce more ammonia than they required, providing an improved means of fertilizing crops.

The researchers have found a pathway whereby carbon and nitrogen interact, whereby the amount of ammonia is created. In the article on the Imperial College London’s website, the article quotes Professor Martin Buck with the ICL, stating, “Through understanding how bacteria manage their nitrogen economy, we could improve the supply of natural fertilisers, thereby increasing crop production while reducing the environmental impact.”

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