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

John D'hondt dhondt at eircom.net
Mon Jul 29 19:02:12 EDT 2013


I concur!
john

>
> A few words on this nitrogen fixing bacteria mentioned as being recently
> developed by University of Nottinghan, UK with worldwide sales
> potential.
>
>
> 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
> organisms.
>
> 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
>
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Lawrence London <lfljvenaura at gmail.com>
> To: permaculture <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Monday, July 29, 2013 2:09 AM
> Subject: [permaculture] Fwd: World changing technology enables crops to 
> take nitrogen from the air - The University of Nottingham
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>
> Fwd: World changing technology enables crops to take nitrogen from the air
> - The University of Nottingham
> http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2013/july/world-changing-technology-enables-crops-to-take-nitrogen-from-the-air-.aspx
>
> 25 Jul 2013 12:21:56.663
>
> PA 249/13
>
> A major new technology has been developed by The University of
> Nottingham<http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/>,
> 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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