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Excretion of Nitrogen by Leguminous Plants


THE results of Virtanen1 and his associates, concerning the possible excretion of nitrogenous compounds from legumes and their absorption by associated non-legumes, have not in general been confirmed. The investigations of Wilson2, Bond3 and ourselves4 have on the whole brought forward evidence contrary to that of Virtanen.

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STRONG, T., TRUMBLE, H. Excretion of Nitrogen by Leguminous Plants. Nature 143, 286–287 (1939).

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