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New Technology Allows Crops to Take Nitrogen from the Air!

Contributed by bgeracie on Aug 13, 2013 - 05:42 PM

The University of Nottingham, located in England, has developed a new technology that would allow all of the crops in the world to take in nitrogen from the air instead of from fertilizers.  During nitrogen fixation, a plant processes nitrogen (which is taken up by the fertilizer and soil) and then converts it into ammonia, which is a form of nitrogen that the cell can utilize. With the conversion of ammonia, the cell adds glutamate, which then creates glutamine. This process is extensive and takes up much energy in cells, but is necessary for growth and survival. 

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