Pedosphere 15(3): 286--292, 2005
ISSN 1002-0160/CN 32-1315/P
©2005 Soil Science Society of China
Published by Elsevier B.V. and Science Press
Absorption of glycine by three agricultural species under sterile sand culture conditions
WU Liang-Huan1, MO Liang-Yu1, FAN Zhi-Lian1, TAO Qin-Nan1 and ZHANG Fu-Suo2
1 MOE Key Lab of Environmental Remediation and Ecosystem Health, College of Environmental and Resource Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310029 (China). E-mail:
2 College of Resources and Environment, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100094 (China)
      Seedlings of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), Chinese cabbage (Brassica campestris L.) and mung bean (Phaseolus radiatus L.) were grown for 30 days in sterile sand media with 6 N treatments, i.e. NH4+-N,glycine-N,3 different ratios of glycine-N:NH4+-N (NH4+-N was labeled with 15N) and a control receiving no N, to assess the importance of amino acids in excessive N nutrition along with inorganic N interactions. The contribution of nitrogen derived from glycine-N to total plant N was investigated. The total plant N of the three species treated with N was significantly greater (P < 0.05) than the control treatment. Also, seedlings from all the three species had significantly more total N as NH4+-N (P < 0.05) than at least two of the four treatments with glycine-N. However, for all species, differences in total N among treatments with a mixture of glycine-N and NH4+-N were mostly not significant. The contribution of N derived from glycine-N to plant total N content for all species increased with increasing glycine-N:NH4+-N ratio in the treatment solution. These results indicated that agricultural plants could effectively use organic nitrogen from organic nitrogen sources (e.g., glycine) and from organic and inorganic N mixtures (e.g., a glycine-N and NH4+-N mix). There were also genotypic differences in glycine-N and NH4+-N uptake by agricultural species.
Key Words:  Chinese cabbage (Brassica campestris L.), glycine-N, mung bean (Phaseolus radiatus L.), NH4+-N, wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)
Citation: Wu, L. H., Mo, L. Y., Fan, Z. L., Tao, Q. N. and Zhang, F. S. 2005. Absorption of glycine by three agricultural species under sterile sand culture conditions. Pedosphere. 15(3): 286-292.
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