- a contributing to the process of nitrogen fixation
- First they "fertilized" nitrogen-fixing bacteria with a DNA "sex factor" from the common intestinal bacteria Escherichia coll, a non-nitrogen-fixing species.
- Better yet, the leaves can be used for protein-rich cattle feed, and nitrogen-fixing bacteria on the roots help to fertilize the soil.
- But scientists are seeking to give more plants this nitrogen-fixing ability.
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- Creating Plants That Make Their Own Fertilizer
Much of modern agriculture relies on biologically available nitrogenous compounds (called "fixed" nitrogen) made by an industrial process developed by German chemist Fritz Haber in 1909. Himadri Pakrasi, PhD, a scientist at Washington University in St. Louis, thinks it should be possible to design a better nitrogen-fixing system. His idea is to put the apparatus for fixing nitrogen in plant ...
Aug. 23, 2013 - Newswise