Nitrogen Fixation: From Molecules to Crop Productivity

  • Fabio O. Pedrosa
  • Mariangela Hungria
  • Geoffrey Yates
  • William E. Newton

Part of the Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture book series (PSBA, volume 38)

Table of contents

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

    1. William E. Newton
      Pages 3-8
  3. Biochemistry and Chemistry

    1. Barry E. Smith
      Pages 11-12
    2. L. C. Seefeldt, J. M. Chan, W. Wu, J. E. Huyett
      Pages 19-22
    3. Carla Hofmann-Findeklee, Dilip Gadkari, Ortwin Meyer
      Pages 23-30
    4. R. N. F. Thorneley, D. R. Dean
      Pages 31-32
    5. S. M. Mayer, D. M. Lawson, C. A. Gormal, S. M. Roe, B. E. Smith
      Pages 33-34
    6. C. Rüttimann-Johnson, P. Rangaraj, C. R. Staples, V. K. Shah, P. W. Ludden
      Pages 35-36
    7. Dennis R. Dean, Pramvadee Yuvaniyama, Jeff N. Agar, Michael K. Johnson
      Pages 37-38
    8. R. N. F. Thorneley, G. A. Ashby, S. J. George
      Pages 39-40
    9. Andrew C. Nyborg, J. Alan Erickson, Joseph L. Johnson, Gerald D. Watt
      Pages 41-42
    10. G. J. Leigh, R. L. Richards
      Pages 43-44
    11. C. J. Pickett, Steven P. Best, Thierry LeGalll, C. A. Gormall, S. K. Ibrahim, B. E. Smith et al.
      Pages 45-46
    12. T. A. Bazhenova, M. A. Bazhenova, G. N. Petrova, A. E. Shilov
      Pages 49-50
    13. Sian C. Davies, David L. Hughes, Raymond L. Richards, J. Roger Sanders
      Pages 53-54
    14. Andrew C. Nyborg, Joseph L. Johnson, Alex Gunn, Gerald D. Watt
      Pages 57-57

About this book


The 12th International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation was held in Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná State, Brazil, from the 12th to 17th of September, 1999. This volume constitutes the proceedings of this Congress and represents a compilation of the presentations by scientists from 38 countries who came to discuss the progress made, to exchange views and to collaborate. Since the first meeting in Pullman, Washington, USA, in 1974, this series of Congresses has been held three times in the United States, four times in Western Europe, in Australia, Mexico and Russia, and now for the first time in South America. Brazil was a most appropriate choice because Brazilian agriculture is especially dependent on biological nitrogenfixation. An important example is the soybean crop. The 30 million metric tons of grain produced each year relies solely on symbiotic nitrogen fixation. N-fertilizers are expensive in Brazil and, in the absence of the biological process, this crop would require 4-5 M tonnes of N at an annual cost of almost 1 billion dollars. Crop rotation, soil reclamation, forestry, forage mixed cropping, intercropping with grasses and legumes, associative nitrogen fixation with non-legume crops, such as sugarcane, and other agricultural practices in Brazil are also dependent on biological nitrogen fixation. The Brazilian experience with biological nitrogen fixation is a paradigm to be followed by all countries where nitrogen fertiliser is expensive or where present day environmental concerns demand a feasible, efficient and inexpensive alternative to chemical N-fertilizers.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Fabio O. Pedrosa
    • 1
  • Mariangela Hungria
    • 2
  • Geoffrey Yates
    • 1
  • William E. Newton
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de BioquímicaUniversidade Federal do ParanáCuritiba, ParanáBrazil
  2. 2.Embrapa SojaLondrina, PRBrazil
  3. 3.Department of BiochemistryVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-6233-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-47615-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-1949
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