Legume root nodule bacteria and acid pH
In 1984 the Australian Wool Research Trust Fund called for expressions of interest in projects directed at using the developing techniques of molecular biology for application to agricultural problems. With our interests in legume root nodule bacteria and their physiology, we felt that the problems for legume nodulation and N2 fixation posed by soils which were already acid, or which were rapidly acidifying, required just such attention. Further, the finding body's request coincided with the highly successful introduction into Western Australian agriculture of acid-tolerant strains of the medic-nodulating bacteria Sinorhizobium meliloti originating from acid soils on Sardinia (see below). The existence of such strains made it obvious that acid tolerance was a genetically determined trait, and provided invaluable biologically diverse material with which to work. The biological bases for that trait of acid tolerance were totally obscure, and many remain so, but the following account provides some light in the darkness. The research that we have done since in pursuit of explanations for acid tolerance have been funded first by the Wool Research Trust Fund and the Rural Credits Development Fund, and later by the Australian Research Council, and we here record our appreciation for their support.
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|Murdoch Affiliation:||Centre for Rhizobium Studies|
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