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Techniques for the selection and development of elite inoculant strains of Rhizobium leguminosarum in southern Australia

Howieson, J.G., Malden, J., Yates, R.J. and O'Hara, G.W. (2000) Techniques for the selection and development of elite inoculant strains of Rhizobium leguminosarum in southern Australia. Symbiosis, 28 (1). pp. 33-48.

Abstract

The task of matching rhizobial strains to host legumes is not a new one. However, as the price Australian farmers receive for their goods continues to decline relative to the cost of their inputs, more than ever they require optimal performance from their legumes. The suite of legumes in use in southern Australia has changed markedly during the last decade, and will continue to do so. A report is presented on the development of a successful four phase programme for selecting optimal microsymbionts for these legumes such that commercial inocula are available when required. Elite inoculant strains were selected following screening for nitrogen fixation, edaphic adaptation and performance in situ of rhizobial germplasm originally collected from targeted locations in the Mediterranean region.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Rhizobium Studies
Publisher: Springer Verlag
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/17263
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