Utah State University researchers have announced a light-driven process that uses photochemical energy to replace adenosine triphosphate to convert dinitrogen, the form of nitrogen found in the air, to ammonia fertilizer. All living things require nitrogen for survival, but the world depends on only two known processes to break nitrogen’s ultra-strong bonds to allow conversion […]

Northwestern University scientists are the first to develop a catalyst that can perform a remarkable feat found only in nature: take nitrogen from the air and turn it into ammonia under natural conditions. (Ammonia is the critical component in fertilizer.) If fully realized the process might displace more than 1 percent of world energy use. […]

A discovery by a team of University of Missouri (MU) researchers could be the first steps toward helping crops use less nitrogen fertilizer.  Nitrogen fertilizer costs U.S. farmers approximately $8 billion each year, and some of the unused or excess fertilizer can find its way into rivers and streams, damaging the delicate water systems.  Getting […]

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.  The sensational breakthrough came when he found a specific strain of nitrogen-fixing bacteria in sugar cane that he discovered could intracellularly colonize all major crop plants. […]

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