Legumes, Rhizobium, Seed inoculation, Marginal land, Western Australia
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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.
Goss, O M. and Shipton, W. A.
"Nodulation of legumes on new light land. 4. Rhizobial strains for pasture establishment,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 6:
11, Article 7.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol6/iss11/7