Thiagarajan, T.R.; Ahmad, Mohammed, H.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Influence of a vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus on the competitive ability of Bradyrhizobium spp. for nodulation of cowpea Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp in non-sterilized soil
Biology and fertility of soils
Date of Publication
Examined the influence of a vesicular arbuscular (VAM) fungus (Glomus pallidum Hall) on the competitive ability of introduced and native Bradyrhizobium strains to nodulate cowpeas [Vigna unguiculata (L) Walp]. Experiments in non-sterilized soil revealed that in the presence of VAM fungus, introduced Bradyrhizobium spp. strains become more competitive than native rhizobia. For example, strain JRC29 occupied 59.2% of the total nodules when inoculated alone, but this figure increased to 71.2% when JRC29 was used in dual inoculations with VAM fungus. A similar pattern of enhanced competitiveness for nodule formation was observed with the two other strains in the presence of the VAM fungus. Results suggest that the competitiveness of rhizobia can be enhanced by co-inoculating with a selected strain of a VAM fungus.....