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Plants 2016, 5(4), 40; doi:10.3390/plants5040040

An In Vitro Procedure for Phenotypic Screening of Growth Parameters and Symbiotic Performances in Lotus corniculatus Cultivars Maintained in Different Nutritional Conditions

Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources, National Council of Research (CNR), Via P. Castellino 111, 80135 Napoli, Italy
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Academic Editor: Milan S. Stankovic
Received: 18 July 2016 / Revised: 29 September 2016 / Accepted: 10 October 2016 / Published: 13 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plant Nitrogen Metabolism)
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The establishment of legumes crops with phenotypic traits that favour their persistence and competitiveness in mixed swards is a pressing task in sustainable agriculture. However, to fully exploit the potential benefits of introducing pasture-based grass-legume systems, an increased scientific knowledge of legume agronomy for screening of favourable traits is needed. We exploited a short-cut phenotypic screening as a preliminary step to characterize the growth capacity of three different Lotus corniculatus cvs cultivated in different nutritional conditions as well as the evaluation of their nodulation capacities. This experimental scheme, developed for legume species amenable to grow on agar plates conditions, may represent a very preliminary step to achieve phenotypic discrimination on different cultivars. View Full-Text
Keywords: legumes; phosphate use efficiency; symbiotic nitrogen fixation legumes; phosphate use efficiency; symbiotic nitrogen fixation
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Valkov, V.T.; Chiurazzi, M. An In Vitro Procedure for Phenotypic Screening of Growth Parameters and Symbiotic Performances in Lotus corniculatus Cultivars Maintained in Different Nutritional Conditions. Plants 2016, 5, 40.

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