Effect of nitrogen application and Rhizobium inoculation on yield and nutrient uptake in lucerne (Medicago sativa)

Tüfenkçi Ş., Erman M., Sönmez F.

Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, vol.76, no.8, pp.500-502, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 76 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Journal Name: Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.500-502
  • Keywords: Rhizobium, inoculaton, nitrogen, lucerne, Medicago sativa, nutrient uptake
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: No


A field experiment was conducted during 2002 and 2003 in Van, Turkey, to determine the effects of Rhizobium inoculation and different levels of nitrogen on the yield and nutrient uptake of lucerne (Medicago sativa). Nitrogen fertilization had significant effects on the plant height, the fresh forage and hay yields, and the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium content of plant. The highest plant height, fresh forage and hay yields and nitrogen content were obtained under treatment 120 kg N/ha. Phosphorus and potassium content of plant increased up to the level of 90 kg N/ha application and then decreased as nitrogen increased. Inoculation did not significantly affect any of the components measured, as the soil contained a sufficient and efficient native rhizobial population during both seasons.