Corn, bacteria, fertilizer and a marriage? It’s not exactly like it sounds, but according to a recent story in Discovery Magazine, featuring School of Environmental and Forest Sciences professor Sharon Doty, a marriage between corn and bacteria could change the future of fertilizer use.

In the story, Doty discussed her research with microbes, work she has been doing since she was a post-doctoral researcher at UW. Doty discovered that a specific type of bacteria was present in plant tissues like poplars and willow trees led her to publish research that helps farmers use less fertilizer on crops.

Read the full story in PDF format here.