nitrogen fixation Tag

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, tested 20 types of black-eyed peas for their ability to entice and protect nitrogen-fixing bacteria. They say that black-eyed peas, a popular food crop in many parts of the world, could play an important role in crop rotations for their ability to fix nitrogen and their drought tolerance. This study found that the domesticated and improved black-eyed peas still have strong relationships with nitrogen-fixing bacteria; in some cases, better than wild plant relatives. The research pointed toward a genetic basis for the plants with the best nitrogen-related performance, suggesting that the crop's performance...

Legumes make for great cover crops thanks to an important partnership between the plant roots and bacteria. When this biological partnership is thriving, nitrogen is being pumped back into the soil for future crops to benefit from. It can sometimes appear like your cover crop is thriving above ground, but if bright pink nodules on the roots below ground aren't visible around 30 days after germinating, there might be a problem.
By Emilie Ritter Saunders, Communications Director ...

Legumes are a superstar cover crop, particularly in warm, subtropical climates because unlike other cover crops, legumes have the ability to turn atmospheric nitrogen into nitrogen that crops can use. But as Stephanie Kasper, a biology research associate at University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley explains, legumes require an important partner to do their job.
By Emilie Saunders, NCAT Communications Director ...