A new technology may make fertilizers irrelevant

July 29, 2013 0 Comments

Subodh Varma, TNN | Jul 27, 2013

NEW DELHI: The whole world depends on fertilizers for growing crops because they provide one of the most essential elements needed for plants – nitrogen. Although nitrogen is the largest component of air, plants do not have the ability to absorb it directly. So, they have to depend on nitrogen in the soil. Only legumes like peas, beans and lentils have a method of absorbing nitrogen by using special bacteria.

All this may change in the next couple of years if a new technology developed by the University of Nottingham, gets commercialized. This could be a revolutionary change in the way mankind grows its crops. The technology enables all of the world’s crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than expensive and environmentally damaging fertilizers.