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Biological Nitrogen Fixation for the 21st Century

Proceedings of the 11th International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France, July 20–25, 1997

  • C. Elmerich
  • A. Kondorosi
  • W. E. Newton

Part of the Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture book series (PSBA, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Keynote Lecture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. Schell, J. Schmidt, M. John, H. Röhrig
      Pages 3-5
  3. Chemistry and Biochemistry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. D. C. Rees, H. Schindelin, C. Kisker, J. Schlessman, J. W. Peters, L. C. Seefeldt et al.
      Pages 11-16
    3. D. R. Dean, J. Christianson, P. Yuvaniyama, L. Zheng, V. Cash, J. Agar et al.
      Pages 27-31
    4. P. W. Ludden, V. K. Shah, G. P. Roberts, C. Rüttimann-Johnson, P. Rangaraj, T. Foulger et al.
      Pages 33-38
    5. L. C. Seefeldt, M. J. Ryle, J. M. Chan, W. N. Lanzilotta
      Pages 39-42
    6. B. E. Smith, F. Yousafzai, R. R. Eady, C. A. Gormal, S. Mayer, S. M. Roe et al.
      Pages 43-46
    7. L. A. Syrtsova, S. Y. Druzhinin, E. T. Rubtsova, N. I. Shkondina
      Pages 49-50
    8. V. K. Shah, P. Rangaraj, R. Chatterjee, R. M. Allen, J. T. Roll, G. P. Roberts et al.
      Pages 51-52
    9. R. N. F. Thorneley, G. A. Ashby, S. J. George, C. W. Wharton
      Pages 53-54
    10. E. Krahn, B. J. R. Weiss, M. Kröckel, S. P. Cramer, A. X. Trautwein, K. Schneider et al.
      Pages 59-60

About this book


Nitrogen availability is one of the most critical factors that limits plant productivity. The largest reservoir of nitrogen is the atmosphere, but this gaseous molecular nitrogen only becomes available to plants through the biological nitrogen fixation process, which only prokaryotic cells have developed. The discovery that microbes were providing fixed nitrogen to legumes and the isolation of the first nitrogen-fixing bacteria occured at the end the 19th Century, in Louis Pasteur's time. We are now building on more than 100 years of research in this field and looking towards the 21st Century. The International Nitrogen Fixation Congress series Started more than 20 years ago. The format of this Congress is designed to gather scientists from very diverse origins, backgrounds, interests and scientific approaches and is a forum where fundamental knowledge is discussed alongside applied research. This confluence of perspectives is, we believe, extremely beneficial in raising new ideas, questions and concepts.


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Editors and affiliations

  • C. Elmerich
    • 1
  • A. Kondorosi
    • 2
  • W. E. Newton
    • 3
  1. 1.Département des BiotechnologiesInstitut PasteurParisFrance
  2. 2.Institut des Sciences VégétalesCNRSGif-sur-YvetteFrance
  3. 3.Department of BiochemistryVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Biological Nitrogen Fixation for the 21st Century
  • Book Subtitle Proceedings of the 11th International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France, July 20–25, 1997
  • Editors Claudine Elmerich
    Adam Kondorosi
    William E. Newton
  • Series Title Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-4834-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-6169-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-5159-7
  • Series ISSN 0924-1949
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 708
  • Number of Illustrations 36 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Plant Sciences
    Plant Physiology
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