Can We Grow One of the World’s Largest Food Crops Without Fertilizer?

published 4 months ago by UCTV

Researchers from UC Davis, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Mars, Incorporated have made a remarkable discovery: an indigenous variety of Mexican corn that can also fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, instead of requiring synthetic fertilizers. Series: "UCTV Prime" [Show ID: 34104]

It's the dominant crop of the developed world a highly valuable commodity used to make food and fuel box in order to grow corn needs nitrogen and although nitrogen makes up 78 percent of our atmosphere it's not in a form that corn could use. So like most commercial crops corn maze gets its nitrogen from synthetic fertilizers synthetic nitrogen fertilizer has helped to feed billions of people preventing massive global starvation. Box it comes at a cost over $80000000000 a year globally over 11000000000 in the U. S. alone. One to 2 percent of the US and ...

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