Biological Nitrogen Fixation: Towards Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Agriculture

Proceedings of the 15th International Nitrogen Fixation Congress and the 12th International Conference of the African Association for Biological Nitrogen Fixation

  • Felix D. Dakora
  • Samson B. M. Chimphango
  • Alex J. Valentine
  • Claudine Elmerich
  • William E. Newton
Conference proceedings

Part of the Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture book series (PSBA, volume 42)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Keynote Address

  3. Towards Sustainable Agriculture

    1. Crop Improvement and Sustainable Agriculture for Poverty Alleviation

      1. Robert M. Boddey, Claudia P. Jantalia, Lincoln Zotarelli, Aimée Okito, Bruno J. R. Alves, Segundo Urquiaga et al.
        Pages 11-14
      2. A. Y. Borisov, T. N. Danilova, O. Y. Shtark, I. I. Solovov, A. E. Kazakov, T. S. Naumkina et al.
        Pages 15-17
      3. Ivan R. Kennedy, Mihály Kecskés, Rosalind Deaker, Rodney J. Roughley, Sally Marsh, Michael Rose et al.
        Pages 19-22
      4. Samson B. M. Chimphango, Alphonsus Belane, Jesse B. Naab, Paul B. Tanzubil, Joseph A. N. Asiwe, Patrick A. Ndakidemi et al.
        Pages 23-24
      5. G. W. O’Hara, J. G. Howieson, R. J. Yates, D. Real, C. Revell
        Pages 25-26
      6. Florence Mtambanengwe, Paul Mapfumo
        Pages 29-30
      7. Kerstin Huss-Danell, Georg Carlsson, Eugenia Chaia, Cecilia Palmborg
        Pages 31-32
      8. Mariangela Hungria, Rubens J. Campo, Fernando G. Barcellos, Ligia Maria O. Chueire, Pâmela Menna, Jesiane S. Batista et al.
        Pages 33-34
      9. S. M. Tsai, B. O’Neill, F. Cannavan, D. Campos, R. Medau, S. Fedrizzi et al.
        Pages 35-36
      10. Robert M. Boddey, Claudia P. Jantalia, Lincoln Zotarelli, Aimée Okito, Bruno J. R. Alves, Segundo Urquiaga
        Pages 37-41
      11. Georg Carlsson, Kerstin Huss-Danell
        Pages 47-48
    2. Use of Inoculants

      1. J. J. Drevon, S. Gugliemni, G. Boyer, E. Lafosse-Bernard, R. Métral, C. Pernot et al.
        Pages 51-55
      2. V. M. Reis, A. L. M. de Oliveira, M. F. da Silva, F. L. Olivares, J. I. Baldani, R. M. Boddey et al.
        Pages 67-68
      3. M. L. Kecskés, E. Michel, B. Lauby, M. Rakotondrainibe, A. Palágyi, I. R. Kennedy
        Pages 69-70
    3. Tree Legumes and Forestry

    4. Stress Tolerance and Bioremediation

      1. T. Ohyama, A. Yamazaki, N. Yamashita, T. Kimura, S. Ito, N. Ohtake et al.
        Pages 89-90
      2. P. D. R. van Heerden, U. Schlüter, P. W. Mokwala, K. Kunert, C. H. Foyer
        Pages 91-92
      3. J. J. Drevon, S. Kouas, L. Amenc, N. Alkama, S. Beebe, L. Bouhmana et al.
        Pages 93-94
      4. P. Tittabutr, W. Payakapong, N. Teaumroong, N. Boonkerd, P. W. Singleton, D. Borthakur
        Pages 95-96
      5. E. Pajuelo, M. Dary, A. J. Palomares, I. D. Rodriguez-Llorente, J. A. Carrasco, M. A. Chamber
        Pages 101-104
    5. Summary Presentations

      1. J. S. Mukutiri, S. Mpepereki, F. Makonese
        Pages 113-113
      2. F. L. Phalane, E. T. Steenkamp, I. J. Law, W. F. Botha
        Pages 119-120
      3. M. A. Pérez-Fernández, A. J. Valentine, S. Muñoz García-Mauriño
        Pages 121-122
      4. R. T. Samba, M. Neyra, D. Francis, S. Sylla, I. Ndoye
        Pages 123-123
      5. O. Sacko, R. Samba, I. Yattara, N. Faye, F. do Rego, T. Diop et al.
        Pages 125-126
      6. M. A. Pérez-Fernández, A. J. Valentine, E. Calvo, S. Muñoz, C. Vicente
        Pages 127-128
      7. S. B. M. Chimphango, C. F. Musil, F. D. Dakora
        Pages 131-131
      8. L. Fougnies, S. Renciot, F. Muller, C. Plenchette, Y. Prin, S. M. de Faria et al.
        Pages 133-134

About these proceedings


This volume covers recent developments in both fundamental and applied research in biological nitrogen fixation. It emphasizes the application of biological nitrogen fixation for sustainable agriculture, which should lead to poverty alleviation, environmental protection, and good agricultural practices generally. The roles of, and advances in, plant breeding, plant molecular biology, nodule physiology, and symbiotic and associative interactions between plants and microbes in sustaining agricultural productivity and soil fertility are described. The evolution of symbioses and nitrogen fixation are also covered in this volume. To ensure high agricultural productivity, while protecting the environment (both soil and water resources), requires plant cultivars that also respond to beneficial microbes. The volume, therefore, describes the physiology and genomics of nitrogen-fixing bacteria together with the biochemistry and molecular genetics of the nitrogenase enzyme that actually fixes atmospheric nitrogen to a usable form.

This volume, which covers the most recent data on the role of nitrogen fixation in agriculture and forestry and on the biology of both plants and nitrogen-fixing microbes, is intended to serve as a useful reference for students and researchers, both in the laboratory (academic and commercial) and in the field.


Soil fertility Symbiose biochemistry biology chemistry environment environmental protection enzymes evolution genetics microbe microbiology nitrogen photosynthesis physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Felix D. Dakora
    • 1
  • Samson B. M. Chimphango
    • 2
  • Alex J. Valentine
    • 3
  • Claudine Elmerich
    • 4
  • William E. Newton
    • 5
  1. 1.Cape Town PeninsulaUniversity of TechnologyCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.University of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa
  3. 3.University of the Western CapeSouth Africa
  4. 4.Institut PasteurParisFrance
  5. 5.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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