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‘Smart’ legume decisions raise hopes for more sustainable agriculture

‘Smart’ legume decisions raise hopes for more sustainable agriculture

Pea nodule attached to a root; the pink area shows N-fixing bacteria
"Crucially, we have shown that the plant has an even finer control over its nitrogen-fixing bacterial ‘guests’ in that it can recognise if a strain is relatively better than another"
Pea nodule attached to a root; the pink area shows N-fixing bacteria

Legume plants can make ‘smart’ management decisions when it comes to interacting with their symbiotic bacterial partners to harness nitrogen from the atmosphere, a research team including a James Hutton Institute scientist has shown, offering insight into how a better understanding of these ‘smart’ interactions could help advance sustainable agriculture.

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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute

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