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Results of field experiments carried out on peanuts and beans using the acetylene-ethylene reduction technique are reported. The pattern of peanut N2 fixation was determined at different locations in different soils and with various cultivars. A significant response of the host-plant genotypes on most traits indicative of N2 fixation was found. Significant correlations were obtained between nitrogenase activity and other growth parameters: dry weight of tops, percentage and total nitrogen, and nodulation rate. Seasonal changes in N2-fixing activity of five common bean cultivars were estimated at two planting dates.

Affiliations: 1: Division of Legume Inoculation, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center


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