Robust biological nitrogen fixation in a model grass-bacterial association.

  title={Robust biological nitrogen fixation in a model grass-bacterial association.},
  author={V{\^a}nia C. S. Pankievicz and Fernanda Plucani do Amaral and Karina Freire d'Eça Nogueira Santos and Beverly J. Agtuca and Youwen Xu and Michael J. Schueller and Ana Carolina Maisonnave Arisi and Maria Berenice Reynaud Steffens and Emanuel Maltempi de Souza and F{\'a}bio de Oliveira Pedrosa and Gary Stacey and Richard A Ferrieri},
  journal={The Plant journal : for cell and molecular biology},
  volume={81 6},
Nitrogen-fixing rhizobacteria can promote plant growth; however, it is controversial whether biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) from associative interaction contributes to growth promotion. The roots of Setaria viridis, a model C4 grass, were effectively colonized by bacterial inoculants resulting in a significant enhancement of growth. Nitrogen-13 tracer studies provided direct evidence for tracer uptake by the host plant and incorporation into protein. Indeed, plants showed robust growth… CONTINUE READING
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