Special Issue "Nitrogen-Fixing Plants "
A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019) | Viewed by 31173
Nitrogen fixation is a vital process for enhancing plant productivity in both agricultural and natural systems. As an alternative to nitrogen-based fertilizers, nitrogen fixation has the potential to support plant growth while reducing the harmful effects of nitrogen pollution and its accompanying problems of toxicity in ground water that result from nitrate accumulation and the creation of dead zones in downstream waters due to eutrophication. Nitrogen-based fertilizers have the further disadvantage of requiring huge amounts of fossil fuel for their synthesis in the Haber Bosch process. In many developing countries, the high cost of nitrogen fertilizers makes their use prohibitive. Major efforts have been carried out over the last century in order to understand the biochemistry and molecular biology of nitrogen fixation in plants. The stage is now set for applying this knowledge to improving the process and possibly extending the ability to new crop species such as cereals. This Special Issue will explore current developments concerning the limitations and potential promises of nitrogen fixation in plants as well as advances in the fundamentals of physiology, ecology, and molecular biology.
Prof. David A. Dalton
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- nitrogen fixation
- nif genes
- novel nitrogen-fixing systems
- biotechnological and agronomical approaches
- root nodules