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The effects of N fertilizer and soil moisture on the nodulation and growth of Phaseolus vulgaris

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 March 2009

Siu M. T. Saito
Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura, 13400 — Piracicaba, SP., Brazil
Maria Nazareth S. Montanheiro
Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba, 13400 — Piracicaba, SP., Brazil
R. L. Victoria
Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura, 13400 — Piracicaba, SP., Brazil
K. Reichardt
Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura, 13400 — Piracicaba, SP., Brazil


Soil water content affected the nodulation and N2 fixation of Phaseolus vulgaris by Rhizobium phaseoli and the utilization of mineral N by plants. Plants grown in wet soil produced twice as much as those grown on dry soils. Nodule weight and activity were five to ten times greater than those from dry soils. At 45 days, N additions inhibited nodulation, but this effect was partially diminished in wet soils.

The maximum N utilization from fertilizer to produce dry matter did not correspond to maximum N utilization by pods.

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