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Blue light does not inhibit nodulation in Sesbania rostrata.

  • Author(s): Shimomura, Aya
  • Arima, Susumu
  • Hayashi, Makoto
  • Maymon, Maskit
  • Hirsch, Ann M
  • Suzuki, Akihiro
  • et al.
Abstract

Earlier, we reported that root nodulation was inhibited by blue light irradiation of Lotus japonicus. Because some legumes do not establish nodules exclusively on underground roots, we investigated whether nodule formation in Sesbania rostrata, which forms both root and "stem" nodules following inoculation with Azorhizobium caulinodans, is inhibited by blue light as are L. japonicus nodules. We found that neither S. rostrata nodulation nor nitrogen fixation was inhibited by blue light exposure. Moreover, although A. caulinodans proliferation was not affected by blue light irradiation, bacterial survival was decreased. Therefore, blue light appears to impose different responses depending on the legume-rhizobial symbiosis.

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