Research AreasAgrobiodiversity, Climate Change, Crops, Soils
CountriesAntigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint-Martin (French part), St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela
TimelineStart Date: 1 January 2010 | End Date: 31 December 2013
Nitrification, a key process in the global nitrogen cycle that generates nitrate through microbial activity, can lead to losses of fertilizer nitrogen by leaching and denitrification. In addition, nitrous oxide, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming, is a by-product of denitrification. Certain plants can suppress soil nitrification by releasing inhibitors in root exudates, a phenomenon termed biological nitrification inhibition (BNI). The main objective of this BNI research is to identify contrasting rice genotypes and then to dissect genetic components (genes) associated with BNI.