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Burrowing bacteria may end need to fertilise plants

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You may never need to put fertiliser on your plants again.

Scientists have invented a technology that allows plants to fertilise themselves by obtaining nitrogen from the air.

Almost all plants rely on nitrogen from the soil to grow, but few are able to use it directly from the air and so rely upon manure or synthetic fertiliser.

However, biologists at the University of Nottingham have discovered a form of bacteria found in sugar cane juice that traps this nitrogen by itself.
 
 

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