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Screenhouse performance of VAM-inoculated seedlings of Leucaena leucocephala (Lam.) De wit. in a phosphorus-deficient and aluminum sulfate-treated medium

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The effect of 3 species of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal (VAM) fungi on the growth of Leucaena leucocephala (Lam.) De Wit. in a phosphorus-deficient and aluminumsulfate (AIS)-treated medium was investigated in a screenhouse experiment. Plant height root length nodulation phosphorus uptake and nitrogen fixation were used as indices of plant performance. While there were significant differences among mycorrhizal plants with respect to these indices they outperformed their non-mycorrhizal counterparts in all respects except in nitrogen content. Of the 3 mycorrhizal species studied Glomus etunicatum (Becker and Gerd) was the most efficient followed by Glomus fasciculatum (Thaxter) Gerd and Trappe and finally Gigaspora margarita (Becker and Hall). Both aluminumsulfate and mycorrhizal treatments increased shoot dry weight.

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    Koffa, S.N.; Cruz, R.V.O.


    Aluminium, Gigaspora margarita, Glomus etunicatum, Glomus fasciculatum, Leucaena leucocephala, Phosphorus, Reforestation, Vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizae

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