Principal investigators: Edward Cocking, University of Nottingham; David Dent, Azotic Technologies
Associated with: Azotic Technologies Ltd, Nottingham, UK
Seed Inoculum technology based on Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus (N-Fix) is now being successfully used commercially in extensive international field trials to produce systemically colonised maize and wheat and other non-legume crops. N-Fix is able to significantly improve yields of maize and wheat in the presence and absence of synthetic nitrogen fertilisers. Evidence suggests that these benefits are accruing through a possible combination of intracellular symbiotic nitrogen fixation and enhanced rates of photosynthesis.