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Revista Chapingo serie ciencias forestales y del ambiente

On-line version ISSN 2007-4018Print version ISSN 2007-3828


AGUIRRE-MEDINA, Juan F.; GALVEZ-LOPEZ, Ana L.  and  IBARRA-PUON, José C.. Growth of Leucaena leucocephala (Lam.) de Wit biofertilized with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in the nursery. Rev. Chapingo ser. cienc. for. ambient [online]. 2018, vol.24, n.1, pp.49-58. ISSN 2007-4018.


Leucaena leucocephala (Lam.) de Wit is native to tropical America. The root system of the species is associated with microorganisms that improve nutrition and growth.


To evaluate the effect of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) collections on the phosphorus (P) content and growth of L. leucocephala in the nursery.

Materials and methods:

The seeds were sown and six treatments were applied: Rhizophagus intraradices (Schenck & Sm.) Walker & Schüßler (1), the collections “Caracoles” (2), “Rosario Izapa” (3), “Té limón” (4) and “San Rafael” (5), fertilization 15N-15P-15K (6) and a control. Morphological and physiological variables, root colonization and P content were recorded at 120 days. Data were subjected to an analysis of variance and Tukey’s range test (P ≤ 0.05).

Results and discussion:

AMF improved plant characteristics in comparison with the control and fertilization. Rhizophagus intraradices caused the highest growth values in the aerial part, mycorrhizal colonization and P content, and the lowest growth in the root system. The "Caracoles" and "Rosario Izapa" isolates promoted height, root biomass and P content higher than “Té limón” and “San Rafael”.


AMF allow decreasing chemical fertilization without detriment to the growth of L. leucocephala.

Keywords : Arbuscular mycorrhizae; biofertilization; phosphorus; Rhizophagus intraradices.

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