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Hydrogen uptake by Robinia pseudoacacia nodules

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Hydrogen uptake is thought to increase the efficiency of nitrogen fixation by recycling H2 produced by nitrogenase that would otherwise be lost by diffusion. Here we demonstrate the capacity of eight Rhizobium strains to take up molecular hydrogen. Uptake by nodule homogenates from Robinia pseudoacacia was measured amperometrically under nitrogenase repression. Markedly lower activities were found than in soybean nodules. In addition hydrogenase activity was detected by the ability of bacteroids to reduce methylene blue in the presence of hydrogen. It was demonstrated that hydrogenase structural genes are present in the black locust symbiont, Rhizobium sp. strain R1, using hybridization with a plasmid, which contained hydrogenase genes from R. leguminosarum bv. viceae.

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Röhm, M., Streit, W., Evans, H.J. et al. Hydrogen uptake by Robinia pseudoacacia nodules. Trees 8, 99–103 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00197687

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Key words

  • Robinia pseudoacacia L.
  • Hydrogen uptake
  • Hydrogenase
  • Nitrogen fixation