Latest Nitrogen fixation Stories
A new study from the University of Southern California reveals climate change may be weeding out the bacteria that form the base of the ocean’s food chain by selecting certain strains for survival.
The overuse of nitrogen fertilizers in agriculture can wreak havoc on waterways, health and the environment.
A study published in this week's issue of Science shows how tiny single-celled algae and a high specialized bacteria have formed a partnership that helps keep the ocean fertilized. This symbiotic pair takes nitrogen from the atmosphere and "fixes" it into a form that other organisms can use.
In order to predict how the Earth’s climate develops scientists have to know which gases and trace elements are naturally bound and released by the ocean and in which quantities.
They can estimate whether native plants in the neighbourhood of invasive species incorporate the nitrogen fixed by the latter.
A 125-year debate on how nitrogen-fixing bacteria are able to breach the cell walls of legumes has been settled.
The genome of Medicago, a close relative of alfalfa and a long-established model for the study of legume biology, has been sequenced by an international team of scientists, capturing around 94 per cent of its genes.
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