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Canola’s Growing Potential

July 31st, 2012 | Posted by XiteBio in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
A close-up view of an individual canola plant in the middle of a blooming field

A record number of canola acres were seeded in Canada for the 6th straight year in 2012. The United States planted a record number of acres as well. Part of this increase in acreage is due to the relative newness of canola as a large-scale commercial crop. Plenty of opportunity remains for improved production, so … Read more

6 ways that growth promoting bacteria the health and yields of crops.

Rhizobacteria are bacteria that are found in soil. Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) colonise plant roots and stimulate plant growth. However, different bacteria do this in different ways.  Here are 6 ways that PGPR can lead to healthier plants and better yields: Nitrogen Fixation – Legumes form root nodules that contain symbiotic bacteria (Rhizobium species). … Read more

old cracked concrete barrier

Soil bacteria are frequently studied in the context of soil health and soil-plant-microbe interactions. But one known plant growth promoting bacterium has beneficial effects outside of growth promotion. An innovative team at Northumbria University has found that Bacillus megaterium can be used to extend the life of concrete and even repair existing concrete. How this species … Read more

soybean root nodules sliced in half and showing pink inside

Legumes can supply their own nitrogen, provided that appropriate species of Rhizobium bacteria are present. This allows legumes to produce greater yields without additional nitrogen and also helps succeeding crops in the rotation. Checking root nodules for nitrogen fixation is a straight forward process:  Wait 4-6 weeks after planting. It takes this long for nodules … Read more