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Mar 4, 2010

Developing Corn Varieties With Nitrogen Efficiency (NE) Traits

Corn Roots from plants
are more nitrogen efficient
Photo: University of Illinois, Extension
The University of Illionis has announced that researchers at the university are working on "teaching" corn to fix its own nitrogen.  If successful, this would reduce considerable costs associated with applying nitrogen to corn crops and reduce the damages caused to the environment by this process. 

The research is led by University of Illinois agricultural engineer Kaustubh Bhalerao.  He is working in an emerging area of engineering called synthetic biology.

For more see: Ormsby, LeAnn. “Can Corn Be Taught to Fix Its Own Nitrogen?” ACES News, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 4 March 2010.

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