The role of symbiotic nitrogen fixation in sustainable production of biofuels

Biswas, Bandana and Gresshoff, Peter M. (2014) The role of symbiotic nitrogen fixation in sustainable production of biofuels. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 15 5: 7380-7397. doi:10.3390/ijms15057380


Author Biswas, Bandana
Gresshoff, Peter M.
Title The role of symbiotic nitrogen fixation in sustainable production of biofuels
Journal name International Journal of Molecular Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1422-0067
Publication date 2014-04-29
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.3390/ijms15057380
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 15
Issue 5
Start page 7380
End page 7397
Total pages 18
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher Molecular Diversity Preservation International
Language eng
Subject 1606 Political Science
1605 Policy and Administration
1607 Social Work
1604 Human Geography
1503 Business and Management
1312 Molecular Biology
1706 Computer Science Applications
Abstract With the ever-increasing population of the world (expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050), and altered life style, comes an increased demand for food, fuel and fiber. However, scarcity of land, water and energy accompanied by climate change means that to produce enough to meet the demands is getting increasingly challenging. Today we must use every avenue from science and technology available to address these challenges. The natural process of symbiotic nitrogen fixation, whereby plants such as legumes fix atmospheric nitrogen gas to ammonia, usable by plants can have a substantial impact as it is found in nature, has low environmental and economic costs and is broadly established. Here we look at the importance of symbiotic nitrogen fixation in the production of biofuel feedstocks; how this process can address major challenges, how improving nitrogen fixation is essential, and what we can do about it.
Keyword Biofuel
Legumes
Life-cycle analysis
Nitrogen fixation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Centre for Integrative Legume Research Publications
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