Plant and Soil

, Volume 100, Issue 1, pp 171–181

Co-evolution of the legume-Rhizobium association

  • T. A. Lie
  • D. Göktan
  • M. Engin
  • J. Pijnenborg
  • E. Anlarsal
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02370940

Cite this article as:
Lie, T.A., Göktan, D., Engin, M. et al. Plant Soil (1987) 100: 171. doi:10.1007/BF02370940

Summary

A number of examples is given demonstrating the co-existence of pea genotypes and their specific Rhizobium, strains isolated within the same region.R. leguminosarum strains compatible with the cultivated pea have a narrow symbiotic range and they are widely distributed in European soils. This is presumably due to the narrow genetic base of the cultivated pea and its wide-spread cultivation in European soils. Rhizobium strains capable of nodulating a primitive pea line from Afghanistan were only found in soils of the Middle East and Central Asia. A more restricted distribution of specific Rhizobium strains was found for fulvum peas from Israel. Rhizobium strains effective with the fulvum pea were found in Israeli soils. A good example of co-evolution due to geographical isolation was found in south Turkey. Here a pea line was found which can form an effective symbiosis with local Rhizobium strains but not with strains from other parts of Turkey.

Key words

Co-evolution Gene pool Nitrogen fixation Pisum sativum L. Rhizobium leguminosarum 

Copyright information

© Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. A. Lie
    • 1
  • D. Göktan
    • 1
  • M. Engin
    • 1
  • J. Pijnenborg
    • 1
  • E. Anlarsal
    • 1
  1. 1.Department MicrobiologyAgricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Engineering FacultyEge UniversityIzmirTurkey
  3. 3.Agricultural FacultyCukurova UniversityAdanaTurkey

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