Ahmad, Mohammed, H.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Compatibility and coselection of vesicular- arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and rhizobia for tropical legumes
Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
Date of Publication
The effect of dual inoculation on three local cultivars (Miss Kelly, Portland Red, Round Red) of red kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris, L.) with four strains of Rhizobium phaseoli (B36, B17, T2 and CIAT652) and three species of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal (VAM) fungi (Glomus pallidum, Glomus aggregatum, and Sclerocystis microcarpa) was examined in sterilized and nonsterilized soil. Symbiotic efficiency (improved plant growth response and enhanced nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) nutrition) was dependent on the particular combination of Rhizobium strain, VAM fungus, and cultivar of kidney bean. Whereas rhizobial strains B36 and B17 paired with G. pallidum or G. aggregatum showed increased growth response of cv. Miss Kelly and Portland Red, rhizobial strain T2 paired with any of the three VAM fungi was the best compatible pairing for the cv. Round Red. It is suggested that even though dual inoculation significantly improved the growth response of the bean, the best pairings of VAM fungus and rhizobia for legumes is a question to be carefully examined.....