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Definition of inoculant

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Definition as written by Terry:

Rhizobium spp. is the material (bacteria) applied to legume seeds, or directly to the soil where they are to be planted; the additives helps the plants fix nitrogen from the air into their roots and surrounding soil, creating an organic fertilizer or green manure

Different legumes require a unique Rhizobia to enter into this symbiotic relationship. The most common include:

R. leguminosarum biovar. vicia
R. leguminosarum biovar. trifolii
R. leguminosarum biovar. phaseoli
R. leguminosarum biovar. viciae
R. japonicum
R. melliloti

See also inoculate, inoculum

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