[permaculture] Questioning World changing technology enables crops to take nitrogen from the air - The University of Nottingham

Michael Pilarski friendsofthetrees at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 29 17:04:52 EDT 2013

A few words on this nitrogen fixing bacteria mentioned as being recently 
developed by University of Nottinghan, UK with worldwide sales 

We already know that most crop plants utilize symbiotic relationships with N-fixing bacteria as well as mycorrhizal fungi. If you have a healthy, 
biologically-active soil this happens naturally with locally occurring 

U.N. bacteria are no excuse, nor no remedy, for poor soil practices. The 
danger is to have an imperialistic march of UN bacteria worldwide. Local organisms should be cultured (if at all) for local use.  

The Japanese development of EM (Effective Micro-organisms) is widely tested around the world and its use has been adapted to culturing of local 
organism strains/mixes.  The UN scientists are probably behind, not ahead, of this research. 

Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski
Permaculture - Wildcrafting - Medicinal Herbs & Seeds


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- The University of Nottingham

25 Jul 2013 12:21:56.663

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A major new technology has been developed by The University of
which enables all of the world’s crops to take nitrogen from the air rather
than expensive and environmentally damaging fertilisers.
Nitrogen fixation, the process by which nitrogen is converted to ammonia,
is vital for plants to survive and grow. However, only a very small number
of plants, most notably legumes (such as peas, beans and lentils) have the
ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere with the help of nitrogen
fixing bacteria. The vast majority of plants have to obtain nitrogen from
the soil, and for most crops currently being grown across the world, this
also means a reliance on synthetic nitrogen fertiliser.

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. His major
breakthrough came when he found a specific strain of nitrogen-fixing
bacteria in sugar-cane which he discovered could intracellularly colonise
all major crop plants. This ground-breaking development potentially
provides every cell in the plant with the ability to fix atmospheric
nitrogen. The implications for agriculture are enormous as this new
technology can provide much of the plant’s nitrogen needs.
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