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Nitrogen Fixation: Origins, Applications, and Research Progress

Nitrogen-fixing Leguminous Symbioses

Editors: Dilworth, M.J., James, E.K., Sprent, J.I., Newton, W.E. (Eds.)

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  • Reviews the physiology of the root-nodule bacteria themselves, as well as their ecology in both natural and agricultural systems
  • Answers questions on how we go about introducing new legumes and the bacteria they require
  • Brings together all the knowledge gained about this system which can be applied in the future for better legume-rhizobia functioning in difficult environments
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This book is the self-contained final volume of a comprehensive seven-volume series covering the basic and applied science relating to nitrogen fixation. It addresses the most important nitrogen-fixing symbiosis of all – that between legumes and their root-nodule bacteria – and therefore deals with the properties and behaviour of both macro- and micro-symbiont. The coverage is comprehensive, beginning with the extent of the symbiosis and how it may have arisen in the geological past. It considers how legumes select the root-nodule bacteria they allow to form nodules on their roots and the intricate series of signals to be exchanged between legume and bacteria for infection to occur. The immense progress in understanding the genetic systems in the bacteria necessary for nodulation is now being replicated in a rapidly increasing understanding of the required systems in the legumes. The cell biology of the processes of both infection and nodule development is analysed and leads to a parallel assessment of the biochemical processes in carbon and nitrogen metabolism required for successful nitroogen fixation by the symbiotic bacteroid. Attention is given to the ways in which the nodule has solved the conundrum of providing enough O2 for energy generation to drive nitrogen fixation without either inactivating the O2-sensitive nitrogenase or creating damaging reactive oxygen species. This volume also covers the basic physiology of the variety of root-nodule bacteria infecting legumes, as well as looking at the renewed controversy about the chemical form(s) of nitrogen exported to the legume. Successful exploitation of the legume symbiosis in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry demands an understanding of the ecology of the root-nodule bacteria – particularly what makes for a successful inoculant strain for legume introduction to agricultural systems. Then, there is a requirement for inoculation technology to both successfully deliver viable bacteria to the root surface and facilitate nodulation. These practical aspects are thoroughly covered in this volume, with a final chapter assessing how the massive amount of recent information can be exploited in matching host and microsymbiont for the wide variety of environments in which they are needed in our production systems.

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"This is the final volume in a comprehensive seven volume series on all aspects of nitrogen fixation, one of the key biological processes on the planet and still a major provider of nitrogen in agro-ecosystems. … A wide range of topics is … presented in an easy to read style, with good clear diagrams and figures. … This is a well-written comprehensive text, with extensive bibliographies, that will be useful to students and academics at all levels, and is to be recommended strongly." (Ron Wheatley, Experimental Agriculture, Vol. 45, 2009)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nitrogen-fixing Leguminous Symbioses
Editors
  • Michael J. Dilworth
  • Euan K. James
  • Janet I. Sprent
  • William E. Newton
Series Title
Nitrogen Fixation: Origins, Applications, and Research Progress
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3548-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-3548-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3545-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6899-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 403
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