Nitrogen is abundantly available in nature and forms the basis for many valuable products, both natural and artificial. This requires a reaction known as “nitrogen fixation”, whereby molecular nitrogen is split into two atoms of nitrogen that can then be connected to other elements like carbon...
The Nitrogen Fixation process! Nitrogen is converted into ammonium through the process involving bacteria found in nitrogen producing nodules in the roots of certain plants: legumes, clover, varieties of peas, beans, lentils etc. It allows for coexisting species of plants to happily thrive!
A secret trick to better squash? When the seedlings are up and thinned, it's time to plant hairy vetch between the hills. The vetch prevents erosion and keeps the ground cooler on hot summer days. It also crowds out most weeds in the space between the hills. But its greatest virtue is that, as a legume, it changes the nitrogen in the air into a form that can be taken up by the squash plants, a process known as nitrogen fixation.
Nitrogen fixation. Jason Affourtit writes, “The encircling equation represents biological nitrogen fixation, which was at the core of my undergrad/graduate … (RT @Carl Zimmer: Pulling life out of thin air: a tattoo of nitrogen fixation.