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Nitrogen fertiliser rate affects the frequency of nitrate-dissimilating Pseudomonas spp. in the rhizosphere of Lolium perenne grown under elevated pCO2 (Swiss FACE)

Fromin, Nathalie ; Tarnawski, Sonia Estelle ; Roussel-Delif, L. ; Hamelin, Jérôme ; Baggs, E.M. ; Aragno, Michel

In: Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 2005, vol. 37, p. 1962-1965

The effect of elevated pCO2 (60 Pa) on the frequency of nitrate-dissimilating Pseudomonas (NDP) was investigated in the rhizosphere of fertilised Lolium perenne swards in the Swiss Free Air Carbon dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment. Numbers of cultivable root-associated Pseudomonas were greater under elevated (60 Pa) than under ambient (36 Pa) pCO2 in... More

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    The effect of elevated pCO2 (60 Pa) on the frequency of nitrate-dissimilating Pseudomonas (NDP) was investigated in the rhizosphere of fertilised Lolium perenne swards in the Swiss Free Air Carbon dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment. Numbers of cultivable root-associated Pseudomonas were greater under elevated (60 Pa) than under ambient (36 Pa) pCO2 in both high and low N-fertilised swards. For both pCO2 conditions, the NDP frequency decreased with closer root proximity to L. perenne roots in low fertilised swards. Anyway, in high N swards the NDP frequency was similar in root and soil fractions. Thus, N availability may be a major factor influencing NDP populations under elevated pCO2, most likely due to increased competition for N between plant and nitrate-dissimilating bacteria.