Rene Geurts: Living on air

Rene Geurts: Living on air

The origins of nitrogen symbiosis

Nitrogen: it’s essential to all life on earth and abundant in the air we breathe in and out. But it’s also one of the strongest chemical compounds we know. Only some plants can unlock the treasure inside the air, by using a special bacteria: Rhizobium. How did these plants develop this precious tool? Plant researcher René Geurts wants to crack this secret and does groundbreaking research on its evolutionary origin.