Campus Units

Botany

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

9-1970

Journal or Book Title

Botanical Gazette

Volume

131

Issue

3

First Page

193

Last Page

200

Abstract

The ontogeny and biological activity of bacterial leaf nodules in Psychotria bacteriophila were studied. The acridine-orange fluorescence method coupled with ribonuclease extractions showed that young and developing nodules were rich in ribonucleic acid (RNA), whereas nodules in older leaves displayed less RNA fluorescence, and nodules in leaves near absciscion did not fluoresce. Fluorescence was attributed to normal and dividing ribosome-rich bacteria. As nodules age, the bacterial population becomes crowded, and de- generating bacteria appear. The latter become a membrane mass which fills the nodule network, replacing the bacteria. The loss of fluorescence is therefore correlated with bacterial cell degeneration. These results suggest that the nodule activity is high in young and maturing leaves and decreases in mature leaves and in leaves nearing abscission. Therefore, the presumed beneficial aspects of this symbiosis appear to occur ear]y in nodule development.

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This article is from Botanical Gazette 131 (1970): 193. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

The University of Chicago Press

Language

en

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