Nitrogen Fixation


Authored by: Robert H. Burris

Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138333918
eBook ISBN: 9780429445651
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For centuries, farmers practiced mixed cropping of leguminous and non-leguminous plants without knowing the basis of the empirically observed benefit from the practice. In 1838, it was first recognized that leguminous plants could utilize nitrogen (N2) from the air. This entry explores this process.

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