Biological Nitrogen Fixation Research at the University of California, Davis
We are particularly proud to encourage and support the program in biological nitrogen fixation. It is an ideal project to be conducted in the environment of a College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and an Agricultural Experiment Station. First, the project has tremendous potential significance to agricultural productivity using an environmentally sensitive approach. A significant component of increased productivity in agriculture has been due to the use of nitrogen fertilizers. But as the costs of nitrogen fertilizers have increased with the increased cost of fossil fuels and concerns have been expressed about nitrogen contamination of ground water, the enhancement and possible expansion of biological nitrogen fixation becomes particularly attractive and could have significant economic and environmental value.