New pollution-reducing technology enables crops to take nitrogen from the air

argylesock says… Here’s a development in biotechnology that’s ‘neither genetic modification nor bio-engineering… The University of Nottingham has… established proof of principal of the technology in the laboratory, growth rooms and glasshouses.’ I wonder how well it will perform commercially.


A major new technology has been developed by The University of Nottingham, which enables all of the world’s crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than expensive and environmentally damaging fertilisers.

The development has been announced in a media release (here) posted on UK Campus.

The statement explains that nitrogen fixation, the process by which nitrogen is converted to ammonia, is vital for plants to survive and grow.

But only a very small number of plants, most notably legumes (such as peas, beans and lentils) have the ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere with the help of nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to New pollution-reducing technology enables crops to take nitrogen from the air

  1. Eqfe says:

    This is really exciting. I hope that it proves effective in commercial applications.

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