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nitrogen fixation

1. The conversion of atmospheric nitrogen into compounds, such as ammonia, by natural agencies or various industrial processes.
2. The conversion by certain soil microorganisms, such as rhizobia, of atmospheric nitrogen into compounds that plants and other organisms can assimilate.

ni′tro·gen-fix′er (-fĭk′sər) n.
ni′tro·gen-fix′ing adj.


involved in or aiding nitrogen fixation.
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Adj.1.nitrogen-fixing - contributing to the process of nitrogen fixation
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The study has significant implications for common agricultural crop plants as there is a strongly held belief that only plants with root nodules can benefit from the symbiotic relationship with the nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
Try a potted shamrock (Oxalis) or nitrogen-fixing white clover (Trifolium repens) in lawns or as a cover crop.
As well as on fallow land, catch and cover crops and on nitrogen-fixing crops.
The report has segmented the market based on the type of biofertilizers which include nitrogen-fixing biofertilizers, phosphate-fixing biofertilizers and others.
In January, Hendricks-Franco was weeding the plots so that they contained four different plant groups: (1) all naturally occurring herbaceous plants, (2) only plants that aren't nitrogen fixers, (3) only nitrogen-fixing plants and (4) no herbaceous plants at all.
Among their topics are a genome-wide analysis of cyanobacterial evolution: the example of Synechococcus, the RNA-seq based transcriptomic analysis of single cyanobacterial cells, transcriptomic and proteomic analysis to understand systems-level properties of diurnal cycle in nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria, metabolic engineering and systems biology for free fatty acid production in cyanobacteria, and ethanol production in cyanobacteria: the impact of omics of the model organism Synechocystis on yield enhancement.
They range from efficient practices used in agroecology and those outlined in the Climate-Smart Agriculture and Save and Grow approaches of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to techniques such as the broader use of nitrogen-fixing cover crops and methods to cut methane emissions involved in growing rice or raising livestock.
Nitrogen-fixing trees--alders, caragana, and buffalo berry for example--can also help keep nitrogen in the soil of garden plots and smaller crop plots if used as a shelterbelt, and if their root systems are allowed to develop under the crop area.
Mesquites are nitrogen-fixing, and the dappled shade cooled the space.
A variety of pulses and pulse plants were displayed with their nitrogen-fixing roots and nodules visible.
Nitrogen-fixing (N-fixing) bacteria have the ability to reduce dinitrogen to ammonium, which can be easily absorbed by plants.