Navigation Links
Strengthening legumes to tackle fertilizer pollution
Date:4/23/2013

LEMONT, Ill. The overuse of nitrogen fertilizers in agriculture can wreak havoc on waterways, health and the environment.

An international team of scientists aims to lessen the reliance on these fertilizers by helping beans and similar plants boost their nitrogen production, even in areas with traditionally poor soil quality.

Researchers from the Center of Plant Genomics and Biotechnology at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) and the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory report as an advance article April 5 for the Metallomics journal of The Royal Society of Chemistry on how to use X-ray analysis to map a path to increasing the amount of nitrogen that legumes deposit into the soil.

Cultivation of legumes, the plant family that includes peas, beans, alfalfa, soybeans, and peanuts, is one of the main ways farmers add natural nitrogen to agricultural fields. Rotating bean and corn crops to take advantage of the nitrogen beans deposit in the soil has long been a global farming tradition. Legumes use iron in the soil to carry out a complex chemical process called nitrogen fixation, which collects atmospheric nitrogen and converts it into organic forms that help the plant grow. When the plant dies, the excess nitrogen is released back into to the soil to help the next crop.

But often legumes are grown in areas with iron-depleted soil, which limits their nitrogen fixation. That's where research can lend a hand. The Argonne-UPM team has created the world's first model for how iron is transported in the plant's root nodule to trigger nitrogen fixation. This is the first step in modifying the plants to maximize iron use.

"The long-term goal is to help sustainable agriculture practices and further diminish the environmental damage from overuse of nitrogen fertilizers," said Manuel Gonzalez-Guerrero, lead author of the paper from UPM. "This can be done by maximi
'/>"/>

Contact: Tona Kunz
tkunz@anl.gov
630-252-5560
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. University leads £6 million EU project to tackle obesity
2. Backpainrelief.net Tackles Sports Injuries with Infographic
3. £12 million funding to tackle devastating livestock and poultry viruses
4. Mathematicians tackle global issues
5. Mature T cells can switch function to better tackle infection
6. International conference to tackle climate-change threats to agriculture
7. Fertilizers could help tackle nutritional deficiency in African country, researchers say
8. BGI and TGAC join efforts to tackle global challenges in food security, energy and health
9. Penn conference tackles complex relationship between urbanization and food
10. NTU scientist develops a multi-purpose wonder material to tackle enviromental challenges
11. After the Genome tackles tough questions about medicine, miracles and morality
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/3/2015)... March 3, 2015 Cryoport, Inc. ... advanced cryogenic logistics solutions for the life ... cells, cell lines, clinical research organizations, vaccine ... announced the expansion of its relationship with ... ("Fred Hutch") Clinical Research Division with the ...
(Date:3/2/2015)... HUNTSVILLE, Ala. , March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... transaction processing. Data protection company Tharon Rankins Enterprises ... product that provides an ultra-safe way for businesses ... as their financial transactions. Beconux ... by Tharon Rankins Enterprises. Functioning similarly to an ...
(Date:2/25/2015)... Feb. 25, 2015  ABC Financial Services (ABC), ... the Health and Fitness Industry, today announced enhancements ... MYiCLUBonline.  The latest upgrade includes advances to the ... cardless check-in via Identity One fingerprint biometrics. The ... through interactive displays at the International Health, Racquet ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Cryoport, Inc. Expands Support of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Clinical Research Division 2Cryoport, Inc. Expands Support of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Clinical Research Division 3Personal Data Protection Company Launches New Product 2ABC Financial Unveils New Software Enhancements 2ABC Financial Unveils New Software Enhancements 3
... jobs, clean energy and a more sustainable use of ... talks. During the summit, the role of Earth observation ... blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ... in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ,Now, 20 years later, ...
... previously documented that substances from the South African plant ... daffodils have an effect on the mechanisms in ... has now yielded further results, since a team based ... recently shown how several South African daffodils contain plant ...
... Innes Centre is the author of a new book ... define life. http://youtu.be/urDhZkCtkvM What ... develops into an infant, a child who learns to ... For many years, scientists have generally thought these great ...
Cached Biology News:Earth observation for us and our planet 2South African daffodils may be a future cure for depression 2'Cells to Civilizations: The Principles of Change That Shape Life' 2
(Date:3/27/2015)... March 27, 2015 Working in collaboration ... in London , Richmond Pharmacology is the ... Phase 3 study for an investigational RNAi therapeutic being developed ... affecting the nerves and heart. Read press ... Based at St Georges University of ...
(Date:3/27/2015)... ROCKVILLE, Md. , March 27, 2015  CASI ... dedicated to the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative ... the global market with a commercial focus on ... the three and 12 months ended December 31, 2014.  ... of ($1.6 million), or ($0.05) per share, for the ...
(Date:3/26/2015)... 2015  Roka Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKA ... advanced testing solutions for the detection of foodborne ... three months and full year ended December 31, ... for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 was ... quarter of 2013 and $1.5 million for the ...
(Date:3/26/2015)... TORONTO , March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - SQI ... SQIDF) announced that after dealing with certain matters, including ... of shareholders held on March 26, 2015 (the "Meeting") ... until April 8, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. ( ... Meeting has been changed from that previous disclosed. The ...
Breaking Biology Technology:CASI Pharmaceuticals Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Financial Results 2CASI Pharmaceuticals Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Financial Results 3CASI Pharmaceuticals Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Financial Results 4CASI Pharmaceuticals Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Financial Results 5CASI Pharmaceuticals Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Financial Results 6Roka Bioscience Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 2Roka Bioscience Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 3Roka Bioscience Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 4Roka Bioscience Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 5Roka Bioscience Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 6Roka Bioscience Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 7SQI Diagnostics Inc. Announces Adjournment of Meeting 2
... Netherlands , April 28, 2010 , Pepscan, the Netherlands ... of immune therapeutics, today,announced that it reached a partnering agreement for ... of the,agreement Pepscan will receive an undisclosed cash payment as well ... , , ...
... , S-HERTOGENBOSCH, The Netherlands , April ... novel methods in,immunotherapy with the most recent insights in oncology to develop ... , , ... Netherlands , April 27, 2010 - Immunovo BV, a new,biotechnology ...
... The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The ... to advance the development and use of stem cells in therapies for a ... to use stem cells and foster joint research projects. , ... The collaborative program will encompass training for Johns ...
Cached Biology Technology:Pepscan Signs Partnering Agreement With Immunovo for its Therapeutic Vaccine Portfolio 2Pepscan Signs Partnering Agreement With Immunovo for its Therapeutic Vaccine Portfolio 3Immunovo BV- A New Biotechnology Company is Announced 2The New York Stem Cell Foundation and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to Collaborate on Stem Cell Research 2The New York Stem Cell Foundation and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to Collaborate on Stem Cell Research 3The New York Stem Cell Foundation and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to Collaborate on Stem Cell Research 4The New York Stem Cell Foundation and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to Collaborate on Stem Cell Research 5
... PP2A1, purified Formulation: 50mM Tris-HCl, ... Brij-35, 0.2mM PMSF, 1mM benzamidine, ... Properites: PP2A1 (Protein Phosphatase 2A1) ... ammonium sulfate precipitation, QSepharose,amino-hexyl agarose, ...
Borosilicate Glass. Certified for use with the Beacon 2000 Systems, 1,000 tubes/case...
...
... Immunogen : Recombinant human HMGN2/HMG-17 ... BSA, 0.15M NaCl, 0.05% sodium ... glycerol to 30% Quality Assurance: ... acid extracts of murine 10T ...
Biology Products: