# Is every ring the direct limit of Noetherian rings?

Are there any examples of commutative rings that do not occur as direct limits of Noetherian rings?

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Every commutative ring is the directed colimit of its subrings that are finitely generated as $\mathbb{Z}$-algebras. The Hilbert Basis Theorem implies that these subrings are noetherian. Actually this method is used in EGA IV, §8.9 to generalize some theorems from noetherian schemes to more general schemes.
Oh, it was a linguistic issue, not a mathematical one. You meant "directed colimit of those subrings which are finitely generated as $\mathbb{Z}$-algebras", not "directed colimits of all subrings, which by the way are finitely generated as $\mathbb{Z}$-algebras. – Andrej Bauer Nov 12 '11 at 16:22