Scientists working at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have taken an important step towards understanding how nature makes plant food from nitrogen. For now feeding and fueling humanity uses synthesized ammonia in NH3 form by a process that requires high temperatures and pressures that consumes an estimated 1.5 percent of the world’s […]

Stanford University molecular biologist Sharon Long says, “We have discovered a new biological process, by which leguminous plants control behavior of symbiotic bacteria. These plants have a specialized protein processing system that generates specific protein signals. These were hitherto unknown, but it turns out they are critical to cause nitrogen fixation.”  This is a critical […]