The lost ability to fix nitrogen

15 April 2020

Leguminous plants such as peas and lentils can grow on nitrogen-depleted soil without the addition of fertilizer, while species from related plant families cannot.

Legumes were not the only plants to acquire this characteristic; other plants had it but have since lost it, Dr ir. René Geurts of Wageningen University & Research has discovered. This conclusion has turned this field of research on its head and is a boost for the development of crops that do not need to be fertilized. Geurts received an NWO Vici grant of 1.5 million euros in 2013 for this research.

You can read more about this research in the interview with René Geurts by Sonja Knols.

Source: NWO


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