Direct transfer of newly-fixed nitrogen from free-living epiphyllous microorganisms to their host plant
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- Bentley, B.L. & Carpenter, E.J. Oecologia (1984) 63: 52. doi:10.1007/BF00379784
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.