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Developing nitrogen fixing crop plants [Registered]

Of all the commercial crops, the leguminous ones (e.g. beans, peas) fix their own nitrogen through a symbiotic relationship with bacteria (Rhizobium) in the plant roots. This particular relationship is unique to leguminous plants. Researchers at the University of Alberta have published a step by step plan to one-day end the use of N fertilizer on non-leguminous commercial crops by developing plants that fixes its own N. Globally, the market for N fertilizer has been expanding annually, increasing from 75.8 million tonnes in 1987 to forecasted 103.2 million tonnes, according to the U of A plant biologist Allen Good. Energy…

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