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Nitrogen Fixation

Achievements and Objectives

Editors: Gresshoff, Peter M. (Ed.)

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We are witnessing an increased awareness of the earth's environment. Examples are easily seen in the rise of 'Green Parties' across Europe, North America, Australasia, and lately Eastern Europe. The public outcry following industrial mishaps in Alaska, Chernobyl, Basel, and Bhopal, as well as the renewed legislative activity, such as the Clean Air Act in the USA and the European Community directive to member nation concerning the control of release of genetically engineered organisms are further examples of the general interest in the biosphere. The 'Ozone hole', 'Greenhouse gases', and 'Genetically engineered Microorganisms' have gained public profiles, and are discussed widely in newspapers, magazines and the electronic media. A recent educational survey of nations, belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) showed that school children are more literate with ecological terms (as listed above) than with 'pure' scientific terms, like 'phloem', 'mitosis', 'proton', or 'Jurasic period'. Perhaps the increase in awareness is cyclical, being fed by non-scientific, sociological and economic advances. The late 1960s/early 1970s saw a major increase in environmental consciousness. Anti-pollution groups were founded, healthfood shops and naturopathy became acceptable as did recycling, the use of lead-free gasoline, and the reduced usage of environmental toxins, like DDT and PCB. For example, Monsanto Chemical Company instigated a self-imposed halt to the manufacture of PCB in the mid-seventies. Chemical companies started to look at biodegradable herbicides, slow release fertilizers, and specifically targeted pesticides.

Table of contents (43 chapters)

  • Recent studies on the biochemistry and chemistry of nitrogenases

    Smith, B. E.

    Pages 3-13

  • Nodulation genetics: the plant-bacterial interface

    Long, Sharon R.

    Pages 15-19

  • Physiological, metabolic and developmental implications of O2 regulation in legume nodules

    Layzell, D. B. (et al.)

    Pages 21-32

  • Regulation of nitrogen fixation and assimilation genes in the free-living versus symbiotic state

    deBruijn, Frans J. (et al.)

    Pages 33-44

  • Evolution, structure and function of nitrogen-fixing root nodules: Confessions of ignorance

    Sprent, Janet I.

    Pages 45-54

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nitrogen Fixation
Book Subtitle
Achievements and Objectives
Editors
  • Peter M. Gresshoff
Copyright
1990
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-1-4684-6432-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4684-6432-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4684-6434-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 869
Topics