Who Discovered Rhizobium?

Martinus Willem Beijerinck

Rhizobium, associated with the formation of root nodules on plants, is a genus of bacteria. These bacteria are found living in symbiosis with legumes. They take in atmospheric nitrogen from the atmosphere, pass it on to the plant, hence allowing it to grow in soil with lower levels of nitrogen.

Dutch microbiologist and botanist Martinus Willem Beijerinck explored this mechanism and discovered the presence of microbes in root nodules. Further, he went on to demonstrate that these microbes were nothing but bacteria, named rhizobia.

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