Robert Arnason writes on The Western Producer website about an article from Wired magazine that argues that farmers are overly dependent on synthetic fertilizers, which is why companies and scientists are designing microbes (bacteria and fungi) that can deliver nitrogen to crops such as wheat, corn and canola.

Getting microbes to provide nutrients instead of adding fertilizer to the soil is definitely an appealing concept. It could also be lucrative because the global fertilizer market is expected to hit $245 billion by 2020.

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