Re-imagining Crop Nutrition
Nitrogen is essential to life. It’s a building block of proteins, DNA and amino acids. When plants have the right amount of nitrogen, they grow well and yield abundantly. While our atmosphere is 78% nitrogen, it’s in a form plants can’t use. Instead, plants rely on microbes that produce nitrogenase, an enzyme that takes nitrogen from the atmosphere and converts it to ammonia, which is a nutrient plants can take up through the roots and turn into protein. Pivot Bio makes nitrogen fixation as natural as breathing for the microbe. Microbes inhale nitrogen gas from the atmosphere and release ammonia to plants. Enabling nitrogen-producing microbes as a crop nutrition tool for farmers will transform agriculture.