Nitrogen Fixation Trials
Press Release - 23 October 2014
Results of Natural Nitrogen Fixation Trials
Azotic Technologies, the developer and producer of natural Nitrogen-fixation for increased agronomic benefit, today announces the results from the Company’s Field Trials in natural-nitrogen fixation for agriculture. These results show that the Company’s N-Fix® technology (“N-Fix”) allows for a reduction in the amount of nitrogen based fertiliser (“fertiliser”) required as well as improving the performance of agricultural crops.
These results were produced as part of on-going trials conducted by Azotic Technologies on the crop-performance of grass, wheat and oil-seed rape. The trials were aimed at determining whether the inoculation of a seed with the N-Fix technology could facilitate the colonisation of Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus (Gd), a bacteria that converts atmospheric nitrogen into a form that the plant can use and thus enables the plant to satisfy around 50% of its need for nitrogen from the air as opposed to depending on harmful agricultural fertilisers in the ground.
The effectiveness of N-Fix on the trial crops was measured by the levels of chlorophyll observed in the leaves of test plants and the amount of biomass produced following inoculation. The results showed that on amenity turf, plants inoculated with N-Fix and with less than three quarters of the normal dosage of fertiliser produced the same amount of chlorophyll and a greater amount of biomass when compared to those plants that were given the normal dosage of fertiliser and which weren’t inoculated. On pasture grass, the results showed that those plants inoculated with N-Fix and with only three quarters of the normal dosage of fertiliser produced higher levels of both chlorophyll and biomass when compared to those plants that were given the full dosage of fertiliser and which weren’t inoculated.
The results also show that N-Fix stays with the plant longer than traditional fertilisers.
Commenting on the results of the trials, Peter Blezard, Chief Executive Officer at Azotic Technologies, said: “We are delighted to be announcing the results of the field trials, results that clearly indicate the significance of the technology developed. We have shown that the inoculation of Azotic’s N-Fix into plants can both improve crop performance and reduce the amount of fertiliser required, therefore suggesting that a widespread use of N-Fix could result in the global reduction in the amount of harmful fertiliser used, a natural boost to the quality of plants grown by farmers, and increased food security through increased global crop production. We look forward to further developing this technology and commercialising it for global use.”
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