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Creating plants that make their own fertilizer

August 22, 2013

Nancy Duan, Michelle Liberton and Lingxia Zhao Much of modern agriculture relies on biologically available nitrogenous compounds (called "fixed" nitrogen) made by an industrial process. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis think it should be possible to design a better nitrogen-fixing system. Their idea is to put the apparatus for fixing nitrogen in plant cells, the same cells that hold the apparatus for capturing the energy in sunlight. Full Story

Washington University in St. Louis

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