Nitrogen fixation by alfalfa as affected by salt stress and nitrogen levels
AuthorZhou, Maoqian, 1961-
KeywordsAlfalfa -- Growth.
Plants -- Effect of nitrogen on.
Nitrogen -- Fixation.
Plants -- Effect of salts on.
AdvisorTucker, Thomas C.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe growth and Nitrogen fixation by one low salt tolerant alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) and two germination salt tolerant selections inoculated with were investigated at two salt levels (0, -0.6 Mpa) and two N rates (1, 5ppm) using a system which automatically recirculates a nutrient solution. The high level of salinity (-0.6 Mpa osmotic potential of culture solution) resulted in substantial reduction in the N fixation percentage and total fixed N. The effect of salinity was more pronounced for later cuttings than for the earlier cutting. The N fixation percentages were substantially decreased by increasing N level and the reduction was enhanced by time. The N treatment levels did not exhibit a significant effect on total fixed N. Cultivars did not differ in either growth or N fixation. However, the interaction of N and salinity significantly decreased the percentage and amount of N fixation.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Soil and Water Science