Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture

Nitrogen Fixation: From Molecules to Crop Productivity

Proceedings of the 12th International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation, Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil, September 12–17, 1999

Editors: Pedrosa, F.O., Hungria, M., Yates, G., Newton, W.E. (Eds.)

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The 12th International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation was held in Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná State, Brazil, from the 12th to 17th of September, 1999. This volume constitutes the proceedings of this Congress and represents a compilation of the presentations by scientists from 38 countries who came to discuss the progress made, to exchange views and to collaborate. Since the first meeting in Pullman, Washington, USA, in 1974, this series of Congresses has been held three times in the United States, four times in Western Europe, in Australia, Mexico and Russia, and now for the first time in South America. Brazil was a most appropriate choice because Brazilian agriculture is especially dependent on biological nitrogenfixation. An important example is the soybean crop. The 30 million metric tons of grain produced each year relies solely on symbiotic nitrogen fixation. N-fertilizers are expensive in Brazil and, in the absence of the biological process, this crop would require 4-5 M tonnes of N at an annual cost of almost 1 billion dollars. Crop rotation, soil reclamation, forestry, forage mixed cropping, intercropping with grasses and legumes, associative nitrogen fixation with non-legume crops, such as sugarcane, and other agricultural practices in Brazil are also dependent on biological nitrogen fixation. The Brazilian experience with biological nitrogen fixation is a paradigm to be followed by all countries where nitrogen fertiliser is expensive or where present day environmental concerns demand a feasible, efficient and inexpensive alternative to chemical N-fertilizers.

Table of contents (376 chapters)

  • Nitrogen Fixation in Perspective

    Newton, William E.

    Pages 3-8

  • Chemistry and Biochemistry of Nitrogenase

    Smith, Barry E.

    Pages 11-12

  • The Mechanism of Molybdenum Nitrogenase: An Overview

    Burgess, Barbara K.

    Pages 13-18

  • Roles for Nucleotides in Nitrogenase Catalysis

    Seefeldt, L. C. (et al.)

    Pages 19-22

  • Superoxide-Dependent Nitrogen Fixation

    Hofmann-Findeklee, Carla (et al.)

    Pages 23-30

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nitrogen Fixation: From Molecules to Crop Productivity
Book Subtitle
Proceedings of the 12th International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation, Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil, September 12–17, 1999
Editors
  • Fabio O. Pedrosa
  • Mariangela Hungria
  • Geoffrey Yates
  • William E. Newton
Series Title
Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture
Series Volume
38
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-0-306-47615-0
DOI
10.1007/0-306-47615-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-6233-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-3869-9
Series ISSN
0924-1949
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 669
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