S&T research/innovation in Zambia
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)Chetsanga, C.J.;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The secret to successful agricultural activities for crop growth is the supply of adequate nutrients to the soil. The role of Rhizobium strains in fixing nitrogen at the roots of legumes is to enrich the soil with nitrates for plant growth. It has been long appreciated that legume inoculants could be used as biological fertilisers for promoting plant growth. Food legumes such as beans and soybeans are good candidates for this application. The basic strategy in this approach is the introduction of legume inoculants into the soil so as to increase the efficiency of nitrogen fixation.