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CropTalk: "N" Your Toolbox

July 2020

Every day, we swim through a soup of gases, and nearly 80% is elemental nitrogen, N2. This nitrogen (N) gas is two molecules of N connected by an incredibly strong triple bond. Humans have only had the technology to transform atmospheric N into biologically-available forms for less than 80 years, and it comes at enormous costs. So, despite that 80% of the air the plant encounters, in the stomata of the leaf or the pore spaces in the soil, is pure N, plants have no way to tap into the infinite supply of N2.

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