Nitrogen-fixing root nodule of clover plant

Nitrogen-fixing root nodule of clover plant

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Caption: Scanning electron micrograph of a root nodule on the white clover plant, Trifolium repens, caused by the nitrogen-fixing bacteria Rhizobium trifolii. The bacteria convert atmospheric nitrogen into a usable organic form, which the clover cannot do itself, but which is imperative for its survival. Bacteria infect the plant through root hairs, forming a nodule site. Here they divide repeatedly, swell and become known as bacteroids. The nodule consists of a central region filled with bacteroids surrounded by a spongy region, the cortex, seen here. Magnification: x175 at 8x10 inch size.

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Keywords: bacteria, bacterial, bacteriology, bacterium, clover, micro-organisms, microbe, microbes, microbiology, nitrogen-fixing, nitrogen-fixing bacteria, plant, rhizobium trifolii, scanning electron micrograph, sem, soil, symbiosis, trifolium repens

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