A 'bionic' leaf that uses bacteria, sunlight, water and air to make fertilizer in the same soil where crops are grown It has been developed by Harvard researchers.
The development has presented results at the 253 Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
This artificial leaf, of which we already knew previous developments, is actually used to make fertilizer. It is a device that, when exposed to sunlight, mimics a natural leaf by dissociating water into hydrogen and oxygen.
The bionic sheets match the water division catalyst with the bacteria Ralstonia Eutropha, which consumes hydrogen and extracts carbon dioxide from the air to make liquid fuel.
Subsequently, they presented the switching of a nickel-molybdenum-zinc catalyst device, which was poisonous to microbes with an alloy with cobalt and phosphorus friendly to bacteria, and that provided biomass and a liquid fuel efficiency that greatly exceeded of natural photosynthesis. Vegetables that receive fertilizer with bionic leaf origin weigh 150 percent more than control crops.