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Russian scientists have discovered a way to increase crop yields using bacteria

Published May 23, 2024

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Researchers at Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University have identified the Nocardia mangyaensis NH1 bacterial strain, which can serve as biofertilizers to boost crop yields. These bacteria produce siderophores that enhance iron absorption in plants, addressing a common nutrient deficiency in agricultural soils. Supported by the Russian Science Foundation and published in Scientific Reports, the study suggests that these bacteria can improve crop productivity, disease resistance, and stress tolerance, offering a pathway to develop eco-friendly biofertilizers and biopesticides.
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Scientists from Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University have found and studied bacteria that can improve crop yields. The results of the study will make it possible to create environmentally friendly and effective biofertilizers based on microorganisms of the Nocardia mangyaensis NH1 strain. The press service of the Russian Science Foundation reported this to RT. The study was supported by a grant from the foundation. The results were published in the journal Scientific Reports. As the authors of the work noted, agricultural plantings often suffer from a deficiency of bioavailable iron. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including high humidity or the presence of certain fertilizers in the soil. At the same time, iron is vital for plants: the element is part of enzymes and also takes an active part in the synthesis of chlorophyll and metabolism. A solution to the problem may be the use of soil actinobacteria Nocardia mangyaensis as “live” fertilizers. These microorganisms ...
Source: Russianrt
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