Genetic Engineering of Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation and Conservation of Fixed Nitrogen

  • J. M. Lyons
  • R. C. Valentine
  • D. A. Phillips
  • D. W. Rains
  • R. C. Huffaker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

  3. Genetics and Regulation of Nitrogen Fixation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Molecular Cloning of Nitrogen Fixation Genes

    3. Genetics and Regulation of Nitrogen Fixation Genes

      1. N. J. Brewin, J. L. Beynon, A. W. B. Johnston
        Pages 65-77
      2. K. T. Shanmugam, S. T. Lim, Sherman S. M. Hom, D. B. Scott, H. Hennecke
        Pages 79-93
      3. Sui-Sheng T. Hua, D. Barry Scott, Soo T. Lim
        Pages 95-105
    4. Hydrogen Uptake and Energetics

      1. H. G. Schlegel, M. E. K. Ibrahim, E. Wilde, K. Schneider, M. Schlesier, B. Friedrich et al.
        Pages 107-129
      2. D. B. Scott, R. C. Tait
        Pages 137-140
      3. H. J. Evans, J. E. Lepo, F. J. Hanus, K. Purohit, S. A. Russell
        Pages 141-158
    5. Genetic Regulation of Stress Tolerance

      1. Daniel Le Rudulier, Su Sheng Yang, László N. Csonka
        Pages 173-179
      2. D. N. Munns, K. G. Cassman, H. H. Keyser
        Pages 181-191

About this book


The present volume developed from a symposium entitled "Enhancing Biological Production of Ammonia From Atmospheric Nitrogen and Soil Nitrate" that was held at Lake Tahoe, California in June, 1980. The meeting was supported by the National Science Foundation, Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences and by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis. A total of 99 scientists from 41 insti­ tutions participated. Plants capture solar energy in photosynthesis and use mineral nutrients to produce human food and fiber products. The extent to which such materials are removed from agricultural production sites represents a permanent drain of mineral nutrients. Some plants of agronomic importance such as alfalfa, soybean, and clover associate with soil bacteria and use photosynthetic energy to reduce N2 to NH3. Many other free-living bacteria and some symbioses involving procaryotes and eucaryotes also reduce N2. Such processes repre­ sent one natural mechanism by which Man can augment soil N for agronomic purposes without using fossil fuel to synthesize and distribute N fertilizer. Other metabolic conversions in the N cycle and physical leaching processes remove N made available through N2 fixation. Thus nitrification, denitrification, and utilization of soil N by plants are processes that must be con­ sidered if one is to conserve N captured by N2 fixation. The meeting at Lake Tahoe united scientists from many disci­ plines to review the literature and to discuss current research directed toward the goal stated in the symposium title.


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Editors and affiliations

  • J. M. Lyons
    • 1
  • R. C. Valentine
    • 1
  • D. A. Phillips
    • 1
  • D. W. Rains
    • 1
  • R. C. Huffaker
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
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  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-3953-3
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