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In this episode, host Jordan Marr interviews Manish Raizada, a Professor of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph. They discuss the role that biofertilizers can play in reducing our food system’s dependence on synthetic nitrogen and its undesireable impacts on water quality and climate emissions.

Manish, who heads the Raizada Lab at the University of Guelph, describs the evolution of the science behind biofertilizers, which centres on the use of microbes to provide nitrogen to plants, cites examples of successful commercialization of this technology, and describes the current challenges limiting a wider adoption of biofertilizers by farmers.