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Plant and Soil

, Volume 189, Issue 2, pp 239–244 | Cite as

The natural 15N abundance of sugarcane and neighbouring plants in Brazil, the Philippines and Miyako (Japan)

  • T. Yoneyama
  • T. Muraoka
  • T.H. Kim
  • E.V. Dacanay
  • Y. Nakanishi
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Abstract

The contribution of nitrogen fixation by sugarcane plants grown in the fields at various sites in Brazil, at a few sites in the Philippines and in Miyako Island (Japan) was examined using the difference in natural 15N abundance (δ15N) in the leaves of sugarcane compared to those of neighbouring plants. The sugarcane plants from Três Poutas of Minas Gerais State, Cerquilho, Novo Horizonte, Igarapava, Itápolis, Assis of São Paulo State in Brazil showed lower δ15N values than the neighbouring plants with an average contribution of N2 fixation to total plant N of 30% (ranging from zero to 72%). The sugarcane from Gerona in the Philippines and from three sites in Miyako Island indicated significant contribution of N2 fixation. In other sites examined in Brazil and in the Philippines, the contribution of N2 fixation was not clear.

Brazil endophyte Miyako (Japan) natural 15N abundance (δ15N) N2 fixation the Philippines sugarcane 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Yoneyama
    • 1
  • T. Muraoka
    • 2
  • T.H. Kim
    • 3
  • E.V. Dacanay
    • 4
  • Y. Nakanishi
    • 5
  1. 1.Plant Nutrition Diagnosis Laboratory, National Agriculture Research CenterTsukuba, IbarakiJapan
  2. 2.Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura (CENA)Universidade de São Paulo, PiracicabaSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Institute of Development for Livestock ProductionGyeongsang National UniversityChinju, KyungnamKorea
  4. 4.Bureau of Soils and Water Management, DilimanQuezon cityPhilippines
  5. 5.Miyako Subtropical Experimental FarmTokyo University of AgricultureGusukube, Miyako, OkinawaJapan

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