Bacteria that have been genetically altered to produce nitrogen have improved corn crop yields in test plots and have the potential both to substantially reduce the use of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers and save farmers money. Sarah Bloch, associate research director at Pivot Bio, says the process used to alter the bacteria is akin to rearranging furniture, and the resulting bacteria provide nitrogen for grains and other crops without harming the environment.
Tiny microbes may outproduce chemical fertilizers
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