Congress to address nitrogen cycle questions November 23, 2011 New innovations and discoveries in the nitrogen fixation process will be released and discussed at a major conference to be held in Fremantle from Sunday, November 27 to Thursday, December 1. Hosted by Murdoch University’s Centre for Rhizobium Studies (CRS), the 17th International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation at the Esplanade Hotel will see scientists from all over the world gather to exchange ideas on a process which is as vital to life on earth as photosynthesis. Nitrogen fixation is the natural process by which nitrogen in the atmosphere is converted into ammonia by bacteria like rhizobia, which can be found inside the root nodules of the legume family of plants. It is essential because fixed nitrogen is required to produce the basic building blocks of life like nucleotides for DNA and amino acids for proteins. Congress chairman and CRS director Associate Professor Graham O’Hara said the conference would provide scientists with the opportunity to establish collaborations and consider important questions for the field. “On the one hand we have the very exciting opportunities being provided by molecular technologies, with advances in these areas coming at an ever-increasing rate,” said A/Prof O’Hara. “On the other hand, many of the challenges confronting the successful application of nitrogen fixation technology in agriculture remain the same, for example, developing new legumes and rhizobia for agriculture; and understanding the conundrums surrounding the life of rhizobia in soil.” The event is being sponsored by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and supported by Curtin University, the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) and the Perth Convention Bureau. More details are available from the congress website. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: email@example.com Categories: General, Events, School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology Tags: Centre for Rhizobium Studies, curtin university, department of agriculture and food, graham o hara, grains research and development corporation, legume, nitrogen fixation, rhizobia, root nodules Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!