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Hans is a post-doctoral scientist at Ghent University VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology.

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