Oecologia

, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 52–56

Direct transfer of newly-fixed nitrogen from free-living epiphyllous microorganisms to their host plant

Authors

  • Barbara L. Bentley
    • Finca La Selva of the Organization for Tropical Studies
  • Edward J. Carpenter
    • Finca La Selva of the Organization for Tropical Studies
Original Papers

DOI: 10.1007/BF00379784

Cite this article as:
Bentley, B.L. & Carpenter, E.J. Oecologia (1984) 63: 52. doi:10.1007/BF00379784

Summary

Nitrogen fixed by epiphyllous microorganisms on the surfaces of Welfia georgii pinnae was transferred to the host leaf. Rates of transfer could account for 10–25% of the N content of the leaf. These data represent the first time that direct transfer of N from free-living N fixers can occur through the leaf surface.

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