Mizzou Discovery Could Save Farmers Billions and Protect the Environment

A team of researchers from University of MissouriĀ“s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources have discovered a way that may reduce the required amount of nitrogen in fertilizer. The goal is to modify the way rhizobia bacteria interacts with crops to produce nitrogen in exchange for food from the plant. With nitrogen fertilizer costs amounting to $8 billion dollars annually, this discovery could have a massive impact in cost savings for farmers as well as providing benefit for the environment by reducing industrially produced nitrogen fertilizer.

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