Australian speaker Christine Jone’s talk was based off of ‘Integrating the Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles.” Christine’s topic was consistent throughout her speech, which was about Nitrogen in plants and how little the Australian government thinks. Her presentation was both informative and humorous. Right off the bat we learned that the atmosphere has 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, 0.9% argon, and 0.03% carbon dioxide. We learn about the dangers of inorganic nitrogen such as it “poisoning” water and leaching. Dictionary.com describes leeching as “Did you know that if a plant is green then it is a “Nitrogen plant”? Or that if you take a plant out of the ground and the roots are basically clean then that plant was Nitrogen deficient? Or that plants can’t grow with Nitrogen? Or that plants channel carbon to it’s roots? Or that that the Australian government doesn’t think? What was the main point of the presentation summed up in one sentence? “You want to have a low amount of inorganic Nitrogen possible and that the Australian government doesn’t consider anything”.
Here you can see how a proper Nitrogen cycle should occur. When you add inorganic Nitrogen you ruin the soil, fail to the feed the soil bacteria, pollute water systems and make plants Nitrogen deficient.