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cotyledons, the phytase activity was higher in 115 than in 147. Phosphorus shortage increased the cumulated proton release only in 115, whereas it was lowered for 147. In this line, the proton release was linked to symbiotic nitrogen fixation. Under 15P, the proton efflux per unit of nodulated-root biomass was 25% greater for 115 than 147, suggesting that under P limitation, proton efflux may constitute an efficient way to increase P uptake in the tolerant line (115). 15P increased significantly
nodulated-root O2 consumption per g nodule DW and nodule conductance, but to a higher extent in 147. As a whole, bean plants at P-deficient conditions increased the activity of phytases and proton efflux, thus maintaining the oxygen diffusion in nodules. This may represent an adaptive mechanism for N2- fixing legumes to respond to P deficiency, by increasing the utilisation and the uptake of phosphorus for symbiotic nitrogen fixation.