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Author (up) Dulormne, M.; Musseau, O.; Muller, F.; Toribio, A.; Bâ, A. doi  openurl
  Title Effects of NaCl on growth, water status, N2 fixation, and ion distribution in Pterocarpus officinalis seedlings Type Journal Article
  Year 2010 Publication Plant and Soil Abbreviated Journal Plant and Soil  
  Volume 327 Issue 1 Pages 23-34  
  Keywords Bradyrhizobium; Leaf water potential; Nodulation; Salt; Swamp forest  
  Abstract Pterocarpus officinalis (Fabaceae) dominates in the swamp forests of the Lesser Antilles, submitted to strong variations of soil salinity (30-445 mM). This study aimed to assess the effect of salinity on growth, nodulation, N2 fixation, water status and ions content in P. officinalis and to clarify the mechanisms involved. Seedlings inoculated or not with two strains from areas of contrasting salinity levels (< to 50 or 445 mM) were watered with 0, 171 and 342 mM solutions of NaCl in greenhouse conditions. Non-inoculated seedlings were tolerant to a salinity of 171 mM, with no significant effect on seedling biomass. Evapotranspiration per unit of leaf area (E/TLa) remained unchanged at 171 mM. Maintenance of a constant E/TLa and especially the control of ion transport to the upper parts of the plant could explain seedling salt tolerance up to intermediate salinity conditions (171 mM). The two strains have a 99.8% genetic identity in spite of differences in their original habitats, this explaining the similar response of the symbiosis to salinity. The higher salt sensitivity of inoculated seedlings was linked to the sensitivity of both Bradyrhizobium strains (reduction of free-living cells) and to that of the nodulation process (fewer nodules and inhibition of N2-fixation) to intermediate salinity. © Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2009.  
  Address LSTM-UMR 113, Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, UFR des Sciences Exactes et Naturelles, B.P. 592, 97159 Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe (F.W.I.), France  
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  Notes Cited By :12; Export Date: 7 February 2017 Approved no  
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