U of G Plant Nitrogen Study Making Headlines

Smiling professor in lab

Prof. Manish Raizada

Prof. Manish Raizada from the Department of Plant Agriculture was featured by more than two dozen PostMedia News outlets this week. He recently published a study on how to help plants produce their own all-important nitrogen.

Plants need nitrogen to grow but can’t produce it themselves, Raizada says in the story.  Certain microbes produce it for them.

Raizada and his U of G team of researchers have identified a number of specific microbes that do the job very well. Feeding those microbes to plants may reduce the need to feed nitrogen fertilizer to crops and would be a much more environmentally sustainable approach, he says.