Daniel Schachtman lab

Sorghum from a study

Increasing nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) is of critical importance to agriculture in the USA and worldwide. Microbes may potentially play an important future role in enhancing NUE. In 2011 the USDA published a comprehensive report (Economic Research Report Number 127) revealing that about two thirds of US cropland was not meeting all three criteria for good nitrogen management which has been termed Best Management Practices (BMPs). The long term aim of this research will be to establish stable plant - nitrogen fixing microbial relationships. This will enhance crop growth under nitrogen limiting conditions and enable farmers to reduce nitrogen inputs to improve their best practices for nitrogen management. Funding Sources ARD, UNL.