Special Issue "Rhizobium-legume Symbiosis Effects on Plants"
A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2017)
Legumes are a major component of all agrarian systems on Earth. They are particularly attractive to low input systems of agriculture because they take inert nitrogen from the air and transform it into proteins, in a process that leaves no carbon footprint. The bacteria associated with legumes, and which produce the enzymatic mechanisms that reduce atmospheric di-nitrogen (N2) to ammonia, are collectively termed rhizobia or root-nodulating bacteria.
The legume symbiosis with rhizobia has been acknowledged as fundamental to sustainable agriculture because this intimate relationship between soil bacteria and flowering plants can alleviate the need to provide manufactured nitrogen (N) into farming systems. We now understand that our changing climate has resulted substantially from the burning of fossil fuels, such as in the manufacture of Fertiliser N, and thus any anthropomorphic activity (such as legume cultivation) that can limit consumption of fossil fuels must be embraced.
This has brought a renewed focus to the science of biological nitrogen fixation (BNF). Combined with the discovery of new rhizobia such as the burkholderia, our increased understanding of gene function, and the continued domestication of legumes, BNF has re-emerged as an essential knowledge base for all productive agricultural systems.
We invite contributions to this Special Edition, including new research results, reviews and opinion pieces that cover any of these broad aspects of BNF.
Prof. Dr. John Howieson
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- Rhizobia and nodule bacteria
- nitrogen fixation