25 May '11, 2pm

Mushrooms Could Drastically Cut Fertilizer Use in Agriculture

Urgent Need to Replace Fertilizer Use Given the threat that peak fertilizer represents to Global agriculture , and given the fact that the world's population continues to rise, it makes sense that researchers are looking for ways to reduce dependence on artificial fertilizers and increase fertility in soils. Because tropical soils are particularly lacking in mycorrhizal fungi, researchers have been working on biotechnology breakthroughs that allow huge quantities of mycorrhizal fungi spores to be suspended in gel and shipped to farmers around the world. Field tests are currently underway in Colombia to assess the impact of these preparations on crop yields.

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