Importance of correct B value determination to quantify biological N2 fixation and N balances of faba beans (Vicia faba L.) via 15N natural abundance

@article{Nebiyu2013ImportanceOC,
  title={Importance of correct B value determination to quantify biological N2 fixation and N balances of faba beans (Vicia faba L.) via 15N natural abundance},
  author={Amsalu Nebiyu and Dries Huygens and Hari R Upadhayay and Jan Diels and Pascal Boeckx},
  journal={Biology and Fertility of Soils},
  year={2013},
  volume={50},
  pages={517-525}
}
Quantifying biologically fixed nitrogen (BNF) by legumes through the 15N natural abundance techniques requires correct determination of a so-called B value. We hypothesized that significant variations in B values exist between faba bean (Vicia faba L.) varieties having consequences for BNF and N balance calculations. We experimentally determined B values for a range of faba bean varieties and quantified to what extent variety has an effect on B values and hence BNF quantification. Seeds of six… CONTINUE READING

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