University of Guelph research rooted in traditional seeds and driven by contemporary science is helping plants produce their own all-important nitrogen. The findings could lead to a more sustainable way to provide crops with the nitrogen boost they need.
“A plant must have nitrogen to grow, but it can’t produce the essential element on its own,” said lead researcher Prof. Manish Raizada in the Department of Plant Agriculture. “This is why we feed agricultural crops nitrogen fertilizer.”
But the method of manufacturing nitrogen fertilizer is a major contributor of greenhouse gases, added Raizada.