Bacteria engineered to create fertilizer out of thin air: Next step could be 'nitrogen-fixing' plants that can do the same, reducing the need for fertilizer

Bacteria engineered to create fertilizer out of thin air: Next step could be 'nitrogen-fixing' plants that can do the same, reducing the need for fertilizer

Researchers have created a bacteria that uses photosynthesis to create oxygen during the day, and at night, uses nitrogen to create chlorophyll for photosynthesis. This development could lead to plants that do the same, eliminating the use of some -- or possibly all -- human-made fertilizer, which has a high environmental cost.

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