a1 Department of Agriculture, Stock and Fisheries Konedobu, Papua
Leucaena leucocephala (Lam.) de Wit. failed to nodulate with 94 of the 99 strains of Rhizobium tested, representing the seven recognized cross-inoculation groups of nodule bacteria. A group of legumes including L. leucocephala, Mimosa invisa Mart., M. pudica L., Acacia farnesiana (L.) Willd. and Sesbania spp. showed the properties of a cross-inoculation group of plants. Rhizobia isolated from these legumes were all fast-growers and nodulate L. leucocephala, often effectively, and also many other tropical legumes, including Vigna sinensis (L.) Savi ex Hassk., which are usually nodulated effectively with slow-growing root-nodule bacteria. The taxonomic significance of the results is discussed.
(Accepted February 27 1968)
p1 Present address: Institute of Agriculture, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.