Microbes: The Right Target To Feed The World And Protect Nature?
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Education: Master in Functional and Evolutionary Biology (UGent) • Teachers degree (UGent) ••• Previous research: Optimization of growth media for terrestric, methane-oxidizing bacteria • Isolation and identification of marine, methane-oxidizing bacteria. ••• Current research: Interaction between nitrifying bacteria and root development. ••• Clifton Strengths: Analytical, Discipline, Deliberative, Focus, Individualization.

                       

Microbes: The Right Target To Feed The World And Protect Nature?

In agriculture, nitrogen (N) is one of the most important nutrients to improve plant growth and is applied in the form of fertilizer. Plants can take up nitrogen in the form of ammonium (NH4+) and nitrate (NO3-). However, a derivative of ammonium, ammonia (NH3), is also being used by specialized soil microbes. This causes plants to be in a continuous food war with these microbes, decreasing their growth and yield. Once fed, these microbes release nitrate back into the soil....

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