It's time to pay attention to one of the most important discoveries of recent days.
Not every day we think about plants around us and what they really need to grow and survive.
A major new technology has been developed by scientists from the
University of Nottingham who know what is vital for plants, but also expensive and very dangerous for our
Only a very small number of plants have the ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere with the help of
nitrogen fixing bacteria.
"Helping plants to naturally obtain the nitrogen they need is a key aspect of World Food Security," Professor Cocking said.
The vast majority of them have to obtain nitrogen from the soil, and depend on synthetic nitrogen fertiliser.
This fertilizer causes a major global health hazard - nitrogen pollution that causes 'dead zones' in our
waterways and oceans.
Professor Edward Cocking, Director of the University of Nottingham's Centre for Crop Nitrogen Fixation,
has developed a unique method of putting nitrogen-fixing bacteria into the cells of plant roots.
It will enable all of the world's crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than expensive and
environmentally damaging fertilizers.
His major breakthrough came when he found a specific strain of nitrogen-fixing bacteria in sugar-cane
which he discovered could intracellularly colonize all major crop plants.
This ground-breaking development potentially provides every cell in the plant with the ability to fix
The implications for agriculture are enormous as this new technology can provide much
of the plant's nitrogen needs.
"Helping plants to naturally obtain the nitrogen they need is a key aspect of World Food Security,"
Professor Cocking said.
"The world needs to unhook itself from its ever increasing reliance on synthetic nitrogen fertilizers
produced from fossil fuels with its high economic costs, its pollution of the environment and its high
The new technology known as 'N-Fix'- is a natural and environmentally friendly solution - neither
genetic modification nor bio-engineering.
"There is a substantial global market for the N-Fix technology, as it can be applied to all crops.
It has the power to transform agriculture, while at the same time offering a significant cost benefit
to the grower through the savings that they will make in the reduced costs of fertilizers," Dr Susan Huxtable,
Director of Intellectual Property Commercialisation at The University of Nottingham, said.
"It is a great example of how University research can have a world-changing impact."
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