Root Nodules of Bog Myrtle or Sweet Gale (Myrica gale L.)

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PREVIOUS investigations1 on the root nodules which commonly occur on Myrica spp. have referred chiefly to the structure and cytology of the nodules and to the identification of the endophyte. Little attention appears to have been paid to the possibility of fixation of nitrogen being associated with the nodules. Bottomley2, after visual comparison of the growth made by plants (some with nodules, some without) transplanted from the natural habitat into a nitrogen-deficient soil, concluded that fixation of nitrogen had occurred. This finding deserves confirmation and amplification.

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    Bottomley, W. B., Ann. Bot., 26 (1), 111 (1912).

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    Barton, L. V., Contr. Boyce Thompson Inst., 4, 19 (1932).

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    McLuckie, J., Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W., 47, 319 (1922).

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BOND, G. Root Nodules of Bog Myrtle or Sweet Gale (Myrica gale L.). Nature 163, 730 (1949) doi:10.1038/163730a0

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