Rhizobium Plasmids: Their Role in the Nodulation of Legumes

  • A. W. B. Johnston
  • G. Hombrecher
  • N. J. Brewin


Many important crop plants, such as soybeans, groundnuts, beans, peas, clover and alfalfa are legumes, and hence the symbiotic nitrogen fixing relationship between Rhizobium and the roots of legumes is of major agronomic importance. The cost of nitrogenous fertilizer is closely linked to the cost of oil, so it is not surprising that there is an increasing interest in a biological process that allows some crop plants to grow without the application of nitrogen fertilizer.


Field Isolate Infection Thread Rhizobium Species Symbiotic Gene Leguminosarum Strain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. W. B. Johnston
    • 1
  • G. Hombrecher
    • 1
  • N. J. Brewin
    • 1
  1. 1.John Innes Institute Colney LaneNorwichEngland

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