from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A trade-name for a culture of the specific bacteria which, when present in the soil and reaching the roots of leguminous plants, produce the tubercles by which such plants become capable of assimilating the free nitrogen of the air and converting it into proteid compounds.
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If I'm going to discuss or argue about something with someone, I don't do it unless I already know what I'm talking about, like I do with liquid "nitragin".
The important part that these bacteria play in agriculture led to the introduction in Germany of a commercial product (the so-called "nitragin") consisting of a pure culture of the bacteria, which is to be sprayed over the soil or applied to the seeds before sowing.
Page 53: The term 'nitragin' though an odd spelling and is capitalized elsewhere, as it is a commercial name.
By the second method, inoculating is effected through soil which is possessed of the requisite bacteria; and by the third, it is effected through the aid of a prepared product named nitragin.