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A comparison of nitrogen fixation in genotypes of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) using 15N-isotope dilution


Nitrogen fixation in seven groundnut genotypes was measured by 15N-isotope dilution using a non-nodulating cultivar of groundnut as the nonfixing reference plant. Nitrogen fixation varied between 100 kg N ha−1 in genotype J-11 and 153 kg N ha−1 in Robut 33-1. The amount of plant-available soil N was small, so that 86%–92% of plant nitrogen was derived from N2-fixation. Thus differences in N2-fixation between genotypes closely reflected differences in their total N accumulation.

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ICRISAT Journal Article no. 600

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Giller, K.E., Nambiar, P.T.C., Srinivasa Rao, B. et al. A comparison of nitrogen fixation in genotypes of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) using 15N-isotope dilution. Biol Fert Soils 5, 23–25 (1987).

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Key words

  • N2-fixation
  • Arachis hypogaea
  • 15N isotope dilution
  • Groundnut
  • Rhizobium inoculation
  • Plant available soil N