Browsing Research Progress Reports by Author "Cochran, Verlan L."
Nitrogen-Fixation by Legumes in Interior AlaskaSparrow, Stephen D.; Cochran, Verlan L.; Sparrow, Elena B. (Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, School of Agriculture and Land Resources Management, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1990-11)Legumes are notable for their ability to convert atmospheric dinitrogen into forms of nitrogen which are usable by plants. This is done in association with bacteria (called Rhizobium) which inhabit nodules of the plant roots. This process is called nitrogen-fixation. Legumes are important as forage and food crops due to their high protein content. Some are also useful for soil conservation purposes. There was no information on nitrogen fixation by legume crops in Alaska. This research was initiated to determine how much nitrogen different types of legumes can fix in interior Alaska.