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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