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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a red iron-containing protein, similar in a number of properties to the hemoglobin of blood, that forms in the root nodules of actively nitrogen-fixing leguminous plants of the genus Leguminosae.

Leghemoglobin is a product of the symbiosis of two organisms: it consists of a heme synthesized by nodule bacteria and a globin formed by the cells of a higher plant. Leghemoglobin is destroyed when the nodules lose their capacity for symbiotic nitrogen fixation. Leghemoglobin was isolated in 1939 from the nodules of horse beans. It was obtained in crystalline form in 1959 from soy nodules. Like other hemoproteins, leghemoglobin regulates the oxygen regime in the nodule.


Zhiznevskaia, G. Ia. Med’, molibden i zhelezo v azotnom obmene bobovykh rastenii Moscow, 1972.
Kretovich, V. L. Obmen azota v rasteniiakh. Moscow, 1972. [14–7264]
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Nodules were removed, counted and sliced cross-sectionally for assessment for potential BNF using the leghaemoglobin pigment indicator Thereafter, each sample's nodules gravimetric moisture content and eventual dry nodule dry weight was determined.
N2 fixation (C2H2-reducing activity) and leghaemoglobin content during nitrate and water stress-induced senescence of Medicago sativa root nodules.
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We know it is an effective siderophore and that it can make increased amounts of iron available from the soil to the rhizobia-plant symbiosis, which helps to make the heme protein in leghaemoglobin. This is one quarter of a human haemoglobin molecule and performs the same function.
Increase in the protease activity of nodules was paralleled by a decline in leghaemoglobin content beginning 31 DAE (Fig.
(1986), Abd-Alla (1992), and Abd-Alla and Abdel Wahab (1995a), studying the effect of water stress on leghaemoglobin metabolism, found that water stress lowered the content of leghaemoglobin and decreased respiration and ATP production.