- Volume 37 Issue 1
Increase in nodulation and nitrogen fixation was achieved partly through the isolation of supernodulating soybean mutant plants. This experiment was conducted to compare nodulation, nitrogen fixation, and early growth characters of wild type 'Bragg' with those of its supernodulating soybean mutant, 'nts 382' and 'nts 246'. At 31 days after planting, nodule dry weight of nts mutants was 2.5 to 3.7 times greater than that of Bragg. Higher nodulation of nts mutants showed the reduced top growth, indicating that photosynthates might be translocated and used for nodule growth attached to the root system. Total acetylene reduction activity was higher in nts mutants than Bragg, whereas specific acetylene reduction activity of nts mutant was the half of that of Bragg. Mixture of nts mutants and Bragg did not affect nodulation characters each other, suggesting that factors affecting supernodulating characters exist inside rather than outside the root system.