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

Keywords

Legumes, Rhizobium, Seed inoculation, Marginal land, Western Australia

First Page Number

663

Last Page Number

669

Abstract

LEGUMES are the basis of improved pastures in Western Australia.

Successful establishment of these legumes depends on the presence in the soil of suitable bacteria which will invade the roots and develop nodules in which nitrogen fixation is carried out. The nitrogen compounds produced are utilised by the plants, making them independent of soil nitrogen.

At the end of the season, the decomposition of the plant residues improves soil fertility.

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