With Designer Bacteria, Crops Could One Day Fertilize Themselves

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For the last 100 years, ever since German chemists Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch figured out how to pluck fertilizer out of thin air with brute-force chemistry, farmers have relied on an imperfect product to make their plants grow: fertilizer.

Production of the stuff burns through 3 percent of the world’s natural gas annually, releases tons of carbon into the atmosphere, and

 
 
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