International Sugar Journal

Rhizobacteria-laden silk coated legume seeds will support production in marginal lands [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shown that providing seeds with a protective coating that also supplies essential nutrients to the germinating plant could make it possible to grow crops in marginal lands.

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Identification of a key molecule in nitrogen-fixing bacteria likely to help reduce fertilizer use [Registered]

Researchers found that lucerne appears to use an advanced process for putting nitrogen-fixing bacteria, rhizobia, to work more effectively after they are recruited from soil to fix nitrogen in special nodules on plant roots.

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Researchers discover how legumes distinguish friendly from pathogenic bacteria [Registered]

Exactly how these plants are able to distinguish and welcome compatible rhizobia for this self-fertilizing activity – while halting infection by incompatible bacteria – has been a mystery.

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