On-line version ISSN 0718-3429
CASTILLO R, Claudia G; RUBIO H, Rosa; URZUA S, Horacio and BORIE B, Fernando. INTERACTION OF RHIZOBIUM LEGUMINOSARUM BV TRIFOLII AND MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI IN AN ANDISOL AT DIFFERENT LEVELS OF ALUMINIUM SATURATION. Idesia [online]. 2008, vol.26, n.3, pp. 7-19. ISSN 0718-3429. doi: 10.4067/S0718-34292008000300002.
Aluminium phytotoxicity is a serious limitation of the productivity of prairies growing on volcanic soil by affecting nodulation and effectiveness of Rhizobium. The aim of this study was to select Rhizobium strains to determine the effect as inoculant on Trifolium repens cropped in an Andisol with different aluminium saturation levels. Acidity tolerance (pH 4.5 and 6.0) of twelve Rhizobium strains of collection at three Al levels (100, 200, 300 µM) was evaluated in mineral nutritive medium vitro. Simultaneously, in a greenhouse trial, strains effectivity were tested by inoculation of Trifolium pratense growing in an acidic Andisol and compared with dry matter accumulation produced by native strains. According to the results of this two trials, three Rhizobium strains (R-109, R-113 and R-115) were selected to study the effect of their inoculation on Trifolium repens growth cropped in an Andisol at four Al saturation levels (SAl1 to SAl4). In addition, the effect on arbuscular mycorrhizal propagules was also studied. Plants showed different capacity for association with the inoculated strains giving the best response R-113 at SAl1 level with positive synergism expressed by microbiological parameters such as high nodulation (16 nodules pot-1), AMF spore number (384 spores 100 g-1), root colonization percentage (45%), together with agronomical variables with an increase of aerial phytomass (93,5%) in comparison with the control. Higher Al levels had an deleterious effect on the inoculation of collection strains; therefore, with R-109 strain inoculation the smallest root growth and nodulation were observed in comparison with soil with native strains whereas R-113 was the more effective one.
Keywords : Arbuscular mycorrhizae; phosphatase activity; Trifolium repens; Trifolium pratense.