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- adj. Describing something, normally a plant or microbe, able to convert inorganic nitrogen into a form usable in the biosphere.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Fixing and accumulating the free nitrogen of the air: said of plants whose roots serve as hosts to microbes which perform this function. The microbes operate by means of tubercles formed through their agency on the roots. See nitrifier and nodule.
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- adj. contributing to the process of nitrogen fixation
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FORERO: The corn with the greener leaves, he said, was inoculated with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
One "miracle tree" we often use in our projects, the aliso tree, has nitrogen-fixing roots that fertilize the crops and high-protein leaves that feed cows and pigs.
Finally, we also need to plant millions of nitrogen-fixing native locust trees, which, remarkably enough, would at least begin the painfully slow process of reclaiming ruined land currently lying sallow.
A nitrogen-fixing weed, it replenishes the soil in which it grows.
They've started growing nitrogen-fixing trees, including Lucina to help restore soils, as well other trees, such as the so-called "green gold of Ghana," moringa.
He runs with the crowd that believes ending poverty is a matter of technical expertise - doing things such as expanding food yields with nitrogen-fixing leguminous plants or solar-powered drip irrigation.
Without nitrogen-fixing soil life to intervene, a putrefaction process called denitrification results in lost soil fertility, as nitrogen is released as nitrous oxide into the atmosphere.
Most belong to the leguminosae superfamily, many of which are associated with nitrogen-fixing bacteria and various species of ants.
On a small-scale level, this could potentially be rectified by nitrogen-fixing crops and other locally-procured nutrients.
Azotobacter, the freeliving nitrogen-fixing bacterium, is extremely rare in tundra, and the moderate rate of nitrogen fixation observed in situ is mainly due to the activity of cyanobacteria.