Danish researchers seek partners to capitalise on plant gene discovery  

A research group at Aarhus University discovers genes which determine if vegetables can grow without nitrogen fertilizer

A research group at the Molecular Biology Institute at Aarhus University has discovered two genes which determine whether or not vegetables can grow without supplementary nitrogen-containing fertilizer. The discovery has just been published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature, and research group head Jens Stougaard is now looking for a commercial partner through Østjysk Innovation.


The newly discovered genes have the ability to recognize soil bacteria, a groundbreaking discovery which could mean less widespread agricultural use of fertilizers. Aarhus University has applied for a patent and Jens Stougaard expects that the future planting-out tests will take place in the US. The news is reported by biotechdenmark.dk.


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