Profile – Edward Cocking

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Edward Cocking

Job Title:

Research Professor


Phone Number:

+44115 9513239


My primary research interest currently is in establishing symbiotic nitrogen fixation in cereals and other major non-legume crops for synthetic nitrogen fertiliser reduction and increased yields, in field evaluations in collaboration with Azotic Technologies Ltd. This involves systemic intracellular colonisation of crops by Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus without any need for nodulation. Results so far with maize and wheat demonstrate significant improved yields in both the presence and absence of synthetic nitrogen fetrtiliser.

Research Areas:

  • Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus nitrogen fixation and cereal intracellular colonisation
  • Sustainable agriculture

Current N-related Projects:

N- Circle:Virtual Joint Centre for closed-loop cycling of nitrogen in Chinese Agriculture


Dent D, and Cocking E.C., 2017. Establishing symbiotic nitrogen fixation in cereals and other non- legume crops: The Greener Nitrogen Revolution.Agriculture and Food Security. 6,7-15

Cocking E.C.. 2012. From Protoplasts to Diazoplasts: the challenge of establishing symbiotic nitrogen fixation in cereals. Science and Culture, 78, 227-232.

Cocking. E.C. et al. 2006. Intracellular colonisation of Arabidopsis and Crop Plants by Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus. In Vitro Cell Development, Biology. Plant. 42, 74-82.

Cocking E.C. et al.2005. Symbiosome-like intracellular colonisation of cereals and other crop plants by nitrogen-fixing bacteria for reduced inputs of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers. Science in China.Life Sciences. 48, 888-896.

Cocking E,C. 2003. Plant and Soil.352, 169-175.