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A step closer to developing nitrogen-fixing non-leguminous crops [Registered]

Researchers from University of Missouri have made a breakthrough that may subsequently result in non-leguminous crops being armed with the ability to fix nitrogen from atmosphere. The lead researcher Professor Gary Stacey found that crops, such as corn, are “confused” when confronted with an invasive but beneficial bacteria known as rhizobia bacteria. When the bacteria interact correctly with a crop, the bacteria receive some food from the plant and, simultaneously, produce nitrogen that most plants need. In his study, Stacey found that many other crops recognize the bacteria, but do not attempt to interact closely with them. “The problem is…

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