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Korean research finds:

Greenhouse gases can be used as fertilizer

A research team from Kyung Hee University says it has developed a new eco-friendly microorganism fertilizer technology that can turn methanol generated in livestock and agricultural areas into a hormone that promotes plant growth.

The research team redesigned the metabolic pathway of the methylotrophic bacillus - a microorganism that decomposes methane using methanol to take it as an energy source - and turned the methane in the air into a hormone that supports the growth and rooting of plants.

The methylotrophic bacillus creates a metabolic pathway in which methane is digested as an amino acid L-tryptophan to enhance the productivity of L-tryptophan as well as to turn it into a plant growth-supporting hormone, indole acetic acid.

As a result of processing wheat seed with the microorganism fertilizer, the growth of sprouts and roots were 2 and 3.6 times higher than in a non-processed control group.

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