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technology enables crops to take nitrogen from the air

 
Dw Cress
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The title should read
"technology enables ALL crops to take nitrogen from the air"
as you will see from the article below.
http://phys.org/news/2013-07-world-technology-enables-crops-nitrogen.html

Some plants receiving too much nitrogen will continue to grow greens at the expense of less fruit.
or
If all "fast carbon pathways" have n-fixing properties, they may become very very hard to manage.

What are your opinions on this?
 
Kris Minto
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I have mixed feeling about this one. On one hand it would be nice to eliminate petroleum base fertilizers which cause environmental issue on various levels but on the other hand I get a feeling this will simply be used in addition to synthetic fertilizer in hope to get an even bigger yield. It will only be a matter of time before DuPond/Monsanto creates a new GMO which will insure fast growth from the extra nitrogen but not at the expense of the fruit.

I don't understand why have a need to fix something that isn't broken.

Thanks,
Kris
 
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D.W. + Kris : I think, we are like mice voting to bell the cat, or maybe blind men trying to describe an elephant by feel ! I for one would love to hear paul stamets to
weigh in on this ! Big AL !
 
K Nelfson
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Well, it is GMO, so I doubt there will be much interest in it here. You know, for planting in our own gardens.

Some farmers may try to use both methods but there's lots of logistics in getting nitrogen into the soil. If that could be avoided, some farmers will give it a try. Also, inputs are a major category of expense on a farm. If there's one thing you can bet on, it's that the bottom line matters. So if it saves money, there will be customers.

Also, it should be noted that too much nitrogen in the soil will produce certain defects in plants. Pink-eye purple-hull peas, for example, won't produce if there's excess nitrogen. On the other hand, I've never heard to a corn plant getting too much nitrogen....
 
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