Toward the Future of Agriculture

What's New

  • 2017/05/26
    • Our opinion paper has been on-line published on the strategy of genetic mitigation of GHG emission through BNI-fortified plants.
      Subbarao et al. (2017): Plant Science
      DOI: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2017.05.004
  • 2016/9/14
  • 2016/9/14
    • Web-page for BNI consortium constructed

New Articles

Subbarao et al. (2017)Plant Science

Title:  Genetic mitigation strategies to tackle agricultural GHG emissions: The case for biological nitrification inhibition technology. 


  • Transformative biological technologies need to be developed to reduce nitrification in agricultural systems.
  • Genetic mitigation could be one such option where next-generation of crop varieties need to be bred by incorporating traits such as BNI.
  • Low-nitrifying production systems to be developed using BNI-enabled crops and pastures.

Zeng et al (2016) Plant and Soil, 398, 301-312

Title: Transcriptional response of plasma membrane H+-ATPase genes to ammonium nutrition and its functional link to the release of biological nitrification inhibitors from sorghum roots

Results: Results suggest that the functional link between PM H+-ATPase activity and BNIs release is evident only at NH4+ levels of ≤1.0 mM in the rhizosphere. The variation in PM H+-ATPase activity by NH4+ is due to transcriptional regulation of five isoforms of the H+-ATPases. The stimulatory effect of NH4+ on BNIs release is functionally associated with NH4+ assimilation and not just with NH4+ uptake alone.