Bacteria to aid sustainable sugarcane production

Research has discovered a bacterium that can be used to reduce the amount of fertiliser used in the production of sugarcane.

The bacterium promotes plant growth through a process called nitrogen fixation.

The researchers have noted that the success of the bacterium are variable and depends on factors such as the biological processes in and around the plant root.

The price of sugar has risen considerably over the last 30 years and researchers suggest that this study can aid in reducing the use of fertilisers and therefore cost of production.

Read more at The University of Queensland