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Sunday, August 4, 2013

N-Fix technology

Well this story is not going to seem to be directly about the environment, but I assure you that the consequence of such is. You see, a professor at Nottingham University has developed technology that will revolutionize agriculture farming. This technology is known as N-fix and it is a bacteria that will allow virtually all plants to affix nitrogen from the air as legumes naturally do.

As was stated in the beginning of this blog post this technology is coming to us from Nottingham University, which is located in the United Kingdom. The head researcher however is Professor Edward Cocking an expert in nitrogen fixing.

But the reason why this is a win for environmentalist is because for starters all the nitrogen used by agriculture for plants that do not naturally affix nitrogen is that all artificially produced nitrogen uses vast amounts of hydrocarbon fuels to make nitrogen. In fact, the process used to produce nitrogen is what is known as the Haber-Bosch process; and yes that is the same Bosch that you should know from their many products.

But the other reason why this N-Fix is an environmental success is that our water has become way to polluted with nitrogen. In fact there has been an ongoing effort to limit the amount of nitrogen that ultimately leeches through the soil and into our groundwater. We will just have to wait and see what this development holds for us all.

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