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Nitrogen fixation throughout growth, and varietal differences in nitrogen fixation by the rhizosphere of rice planted in pots

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The nitrogen-fixing activity in the rhizospheres of various rices was measured by the acetylene-reduction method throughout plant growth in green-house pots. The activity began to increase 4 weeks after transplanting, increased until heading stage, then decreased. The concentrations of exchangeable ammonium and sugars in the soil were not related to the variation of nitrogen-fixing activity during rice growth.

The nitrogen-fixing activities in the rhizospheres of 41 rice varieties in pots were measured to discover varietal differences. Levels of nitrogen fixation were highly correlated with the rices' dry root weight at heading stage.

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Lee, KK., Castro, T. & Yoshida, T. Nitrogen fixation throughout growth, and varietal differences in nitrogen fixation by the rhizosphere of rice planted in pots. Plant Soil 48, 613–619 (1977). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00145771

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Keywords

  • Nitrogen
  • Ammonium
  • Sugar
  • Plant Growth
  • Plant Physiology