AzoticTechnologies, the developer and producer of natural Nitrogen-fixation forincreased agronomic benefit, has announced the results from the companys fieldtrials in natural-nitrogen fixation for agriculture. These results showthat the companys N-Fix technology allows for a reduction in the amount ofnitrogen based fertiliser required, as well as improving the performance ofagricultural crops.
Theseresults were produced as part of on-going trials conducted by AzoticTechnologies on the crop-performance of grass, wheat and oilseed rape. The trials were aimed at determining whether the inoculation of a seed with theN-Fix technology could facilitate the colonisation of Gluconacetobacterdiazotrophicus (Gd), a bacteria that converts atmospheric nitrogen into aform that the plant can use and thus enables the plant to satisfy around 50% ofits need for nitrogen from the air as opposed to depending on harmfulagricultural fertilisers in the ground.
Theeffectiveness of N-Fix on the trial crops was measured by the levels ofchlorophyll observed in the leaves of test plants and the amount of biomassproduced following inoculation. The results showed that on amenity turf,plants inoculated with N-Fix and with less than three quarters of the normaldosage of fertiliser produced the same amount of chlorophyll and a greateramount of biomass when compared to those plants that were given the normaldosage of fertiliser and which werent inoculated. On pasture grass, theresults showed that those plants inoculated with N-Fix and with only threequarters of the normal dosage of fertiliser produced higher levels of bothchlorophyll and biomass when compared to those plants that were given the fulldosage of fertiliser and which werent inoculated.
Theresults also show that N-Fix stays with the plant longer than traditionalfertilisers.
Commentingon the results of the trials, Peter Blezard, Chief Executive Officer at AzoticTechnologies, said: We are delighted to be announcing the results of the fieldtrials, results that clearly indicate the significance of the technologydeveloped. We have shown that the inoculation of Azotics N-Fix intoplants can both improve crop performance and reduce the amount of fertiliserrequired, therefore suggesting that a widespread use of N-Fix could result inthe global reduction in the amount of harmful fertiliser used, a natural boostto the quality of plants grown by farmers, and increased food security throughincreased global crop production. We look forward to further developingthis technology and commercialising it for global use.