India, UK tie up for research to enhance agricultural nitrogen

India's Department of Biotechnology in collaboration with UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has got Newton-Bhabha Funds to support the establishment of virtual joint centers in agricultural nitrogen


The first of of three research themes that have been identified for this call include the agronomic nitrogen use efficiency. This can be achieved by optimising farm practices and soil management to make more effective use of fertilisers and reduce losses of reactive nitrogen to the environment.

Apart from that, the biological nitrogen use efficiency is another theme under the program. It will be focussed on improving the efficiency of nitrogen uptake or metabolism by plants. The third one is biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) for enhancing nitrogen-fixation in legumes or exploiting the potential of BNF in non-leguminous plants.

As per the call from DBT, "Integrative, multidisciplinary and multi-scale approaches are encouraged, and there is particular scope for interaction between plant, agricultural and environmental scientists, and N2 use in the context of the global nitrogen cycle at the interface between the remits of DBT, BBSRC and NERC"

This funding will be matched by the respective partner organizations.

The full call text that will provide more information about the scientific scope, scale and instructions on how to construct and submit an application and will be announced by April 27, 2015.


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