NSF awards BTI $1M to study plant-bacteria symbiosis

by | Aug 13, 2018

    Hornwort growing in the wild

    Professor Dr. Fay-Wei Li has been awarded a $1.1 million NSF grant to study hornwort/bacteria symbiosis. The hornwort plant relies on nitrogen-fixing soil bacteria to give it life and unlocking the secrets to how that works may help reduce agricultural dependence on synthetic fertilizer.

    “Hornwort is a remarkable plant, and only a few remarkable plants can form symbiotic relationships with nitrogen-fixing bacteria,” said Li, adjunct assistant professor of plant biology at Cornell and principal investigator.

    Read the full article from the Cornell Chronicle here.

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