Promiscuity of hosting nitrogen fixation in rice: an overview from the legume perspective. uri icon

abstract

  • The subject area of this review provides extraordinary challenges and opportunities. The challenges relate to the fact that the integration of various fields such as microbiology, biochemistry, plant physiology, eukaryotic as well as bacterial genetics, and applied plant sciences are required to assess the disposition of rice, an alien host, for establishing such a unique phenomenon as biological nitrogen fixation. The opportunities signify that, if successful, the breakthrough will have a significant impact on the global economy and will help improve the environment. This review highlights the literature related to the area of legume-rhizobia interactions, particularly those aspects whose understanding is of particular interest in the perspective of rice. This review also discusses the progress achieved so far in this area of rice research and the possibility of built-in nitrogen fixation in rice in the future. However, it is to be borne in mind that such research does not ensure any success at this point. It provides a unique opportunity to broaden our knowledge and understanding about many aspects of plant growth regulation in general.

publication date

  • 2002
  • 2002
  • 2002