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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

Keywords

Soil acidity, Legumes, Nodulation, Nitrogen fixation

First Page Number

125

Last Page Number

127

Abstract

Nitrogen is a basic constituent of protien and is essential to all forms of life. Many agricultural plants are legumes - a group of plants which, in co-operation with specialised soil bacteria, fix their own nitrogen from the air. When the legume dies, the organic matter breaks down anf the nitrogen becomes available to the following crops.

Soil acidity is a major factor limitimg the successful association between legumes and their beneficial soil bacteria in Western Australia.

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