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Scientists isolate biological nitrogen fixing bacteria in sugarcane [Registered]

Researchers from the Queensland University have discovered a bacterium that could fix nitrogen in sugarcane and thereby reduce the use of synthetic N fertiliser. Findings are published in the journal Microbial Biotechnology, where the researchers describe how they found and isolated in the roots of sugarcane, N-fixing bacterium, Burkholderia australis. Laboratory studies involved inoculating cane plantlets with B. australis. In leguminous crops, biological nitrogen fixation is common whereby nitrogen from the air is converted into nitrogen compounds that are essential for plant growth. According to the researchers, next challenge is field testing. This should give an indication, for example, of…

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