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Rev. Ciênc. Agron. vol.48 no.3 Fortaleza July/Sept. 2017 

Soil Science

Residual phosphate fertilization and Azospirillum brasilense in the common bean in succession to maize intercropped with Marandu grass1

Residual da adubação fosfatada e do Azospirillum brasilense no feijoeiro em sucessão ao consórcio milho/capim-Marandu

Lourdes Dickmann2  * 

Marcelo Andreotti2 

Marcelo Fernando Pereira Souza3 

Allan Hisashi Nakao2 

Gabriela Christal Catalani2 

2Departamento de Fitossanidade, Engenharia Rural e Solos, Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho"/UNESP, Campus de Ilha Solteira-SP, Brasil,,,,

3Secretaria de Ciência de Estado e Tecnologia/Escola Técnica Estadual de Alta Floresta-MT,


One of the alternatives for achieving sustainable agriculture and a reduction in production costs, especially with phosphate fertilisers, is to inoculate seeds with bacteria of the genus Azospirillum. The aim of this study therefore, was to evaluate residual phosphate fertilisation and Azospirillum brasilense, together with the contribution of straw from maize intercropped with Marandu grass, on leaf nutritional content, yield components and winter bean yield. The experiment was carried out on the Teaching and Research Farm, of the School of Engineering at UNESP, located in Selvíria in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, in a typic clayey dystrophic Red Latosol. The experimental design was of randomised blocks with four replications in a 5 x 2 factorial scheme. The treatments consisted of beans sown on straw from maize intercropped with Marandu grass on areas that had received five levels of P2O5 in the form of MAP, applied during an initial cultivation of black oats (0, 30, 60, 120 and 240 kg ha-1), both with and without inoculation of the oat and maize which preceded the beans with Azospirillum brasilense. Leaf nutrient content, leaf chlorophyll index (ICF), yield components and bean productivity were all evaluated. Inoculation with Azospirillum brasilense of the black oat and maize seeds improved the nutritional status of the plants, but had a negative effect on grain yield. Fertilisation of the oat crop with phosphorus had a positive residual effect on the beans, with increases in yield components and grain yield.

Key words: Urochloa brizantha; Phaseolus vulgaris; Crop-livestock integration; Phosphorus; No-tillage System


Uma das alternativas para obter agricultura com sustentabilidade e redução dos custos de produção, principalmente com fertilizantes fosfatados, é a inoculação das sementes com bactérias do gênero Azospirillum. Assim, o presente estudo teve como objetivo avaliar o residual da adubação fosfatada e do Azospirillum brasilense juntamente com a contribuição da palhada do consórcio milho/capim-Marandu sobre os teores foliares nutricionais, componentes de produção e produtividade do feijoeiro de inverno. Conduziu-se o experimento na Fazenda de Ensino, Pesquisa e Extensão da Faculdade de Engenharia/UNESP, localizada em Selvíria/MS, em um Latossolo Vermelho Distrófico típico argiloso. O delineamento experimental foi o de blocos casualizados, com 4 repetições, em esquema fatorial 5 x 2. Os tratamentos foram constituídos da semeadura do feijoeiro sobre a palhada do consórcio milho/capim-Marandu nas áreas das parcelas que receberam as cinco doses de P2O5 na forma de MAP aplicadas no cultivo inicial da aveia preta (0; 30; 60; 120 e 240 kg ha-1) e a inoculação ou não com Azospirillum brasilense na aveia preta e no milho antecessores ao feijoeiro. Foram avaliados os teores de nutrientes foliares, o índice de clorofila foliar (ICF), os componentes da produção e produtividade do feijoeiro. A inoculação das sementes de aveia preta e do milho com Azospirillum brasilense em consórcio com capim-Marandu, antecessores ao cultivo do feijoeiro, melhorou o estado nutricional das plantas, mas exerceu efeito negativo na produtividade de grãos. A adubação fosfatada da cultura da aveia proporcionou efeito residual positivo para o feijoeiro com incremento dos componentes da produção e produtividade de grãos.

Palavras-chave: Urochloa brizantha; Phaseolus vulgaris; Integração lavoura-pecuária; Fósforo; Sistema plantio direto


The common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), the staple food of millions of Brazilians (MELÉM JUNIOR et al., 2011), is actually a legume of the utmost importance and high social significance, with a winter production of 1.222 kg ha-1 in 662,000 ha (CONAB, 2015).

In cultivated areas, the common bean is one of the main annual species adaptable to No Tillage System (NTS), with high productivity and great relevance in aspersion-irrigation systems during the intercrop period (FARINELLI; LEMOS, 2010). The bean crop is greatly promising due to its flexibility in the sowing period and to its short vegetal cycle (REICHERT, 2012).

In low altitude savannah regions, the agriculture-livestock integration by the intercropping of two types of grasses improves grain and forage production during the summer and later in straw formation for the sowing of winter crops (BORGHI; CRUSCIOL, 2007). Fertilized tropical forages increase the production of dry matter and nutrients by organic matter, with a later enhancement by beans in succession (FIORENTIN et al., 2012).

Straw coverage demonstrates its initial importance in soil and water conservation and, in the long run, it improves chemical, physical and biological fertility conditions (VILELA et al., 2011), enhancing stability to the system and increase in the crop´s grain productivity. (CHIODEROLI et al., 2012).

Phosphorus is one of the basic elements in the plants´ early life when they require its availability in the soil. Low use of the element by crops in Brazil affects productivity and, consequently, plant nutrition (GAZOLA et al., 2013). Due to Fe and Al oxides in savannah soil, which is mainly latosol, phosphorus is fast adsorbed to these oxides and its mobility and availability to crops are highly reduced. In fact, it becomes a limiting factor in production (VALDERRAMA et al., 2011).

Combining the plants´ genetic potential and the soil´s biological resources, such as diazotrophic bacteria, particularly those of the genus Azospirillum, is an alternative for the reduction of mineral fertilizers and for obtaining production increase at lower costs and without damaging the environment (NOVAKOWISKI et al., 2011).

Diazotrophic bacteria do not only fix atmospheric N2 but they enhance growth and the root´s absorption surface, benefitting increase in worn soil with their basic role in the absorption of slow nutrients in the soil, such as phosphorus (OKON; VANDERLEYDEN, 1997). Cangahuala-Inocente et al. (2013) report thatAzospirillum is active in the synthesis of auxins, cytokinins, gibberellins, ethylene and other molecules, and in the solubilization of phosphates in the soil.

There is a high demand in agribusiness for low cost technologies, high productivity and reduction in environmental impacts (GONÇALVES et al., 2013). Current research evaluates residual phosphate fertilization and inoculation withAzospirillum brasilense on nutritional foliar rates, production components and bean winter crop productivity in succession to maize-Miranda grass intercropping.


The assay was developed during the 2014 harvest on the Teaching, Research and Extension Farm of the Engineering Faculty of Ilha Solteira/Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" (FE/UNESP) in the municipality of Selvíria MS Brazil (20º20'05'' S and 51º24'26'' W, altitude 335 m). According to Köppen´s classification, climate in Selvíria MS Brazil is Aw, characterized as humid tropical climate with a rainy season during the summer and a dry season in the winter. Daily data on maximum, mean and minimum temperatures, rainfall and relative air humidity were collected at the meteorological station on the farm, during the experiment (Figure 1).

Figure 1 Data on climate collected at the meteorological station of FEPE during the experiment 

According to the Brazilian System for Soil Classification, the soil of the experimental area is dystrophic clayey Red Latosol (EMBRAPA, 2013). The area has been NTS cultivated for the last eleven years with annual crops. Previous cultures featured bean (harvest 2014) in current research, maize-Marandu grass intercropping (harvest 2013-2014) and black oats (harvest 2013), as in the sequence: black oats - maize intercropped with U. brizantha cv. Marandu and bean winter crop.

In the case of previous crops (maize intercropped with U. brizantha cv. Marandu and black oats), treatments comprised five doses of P2O5 (0; 30; 60; 120 and 240 kg ha-1 P2O5) applied only at the sowing of black oats and the inoculation or not withAzospirillum brasilense of black oats and maize-Marandu grass intercropping.

The chemical characterization of the soil prior to the sowing of the bean crop followed Raij et al. (2001). Ten simple samples per plot were collected by screw auger at a depth between 0 and 0.20 m. Compound samples were produced for chemical analysis (Table 1).

Table 1 Fertility rate of soil at 0 - 0.20 m layer prior to the sowing of bean crop, due to inoculation or not with Azospirillum brasilense and residual phosphate fertilization 

Attribute P resin MO pH K Ca Mg H+Al SB CTC S (mg m3) V (%)
(mg dm-) (g dm-3) (CaCl2) ------------------ (mmolc dm-3) -----------------
P2O5 doses without inoculation
0 15.0 18.0 5.4 2.2 21.0 18.0 26.0 40.7 68.9 4.0 58.0
30 14.0 18.0 5.6 1.6 28.0 22.0 25.0 49.6 73.6 5.0 67.0
60 13.0 19.0 5.4 1.6 27.0 21.0 26.0 48.9 76.1 5.0 63.0
120 21.0 19.0 5.5 1.3 26.0 20.0 26.0 48.3 74.3 6.0 65.0
240 19.0 19.0 5.6 1.9 25.0 19.0 25.0 45.1 69.6 6.0 65.0
P2O5 doses with inoculation
0 13.0 19.0 5.3 1.9 21.0 20.0 28.0 42.1 70.4 6.0 60.0
30 22.0 19.0 5.5 1.8 26.0 24.0 26.0 49.8 77.8 5.0 66.0
60 22.0 19.0 5.6 2.1 26.0 22.0 25.0 49.1 73.6 5.0 67.0
120 16.0 19.0 5.4 1.1 25.0 20.0 26.0 46.3 71.8 6.0 64.0
240 17.0 18.0 5.3 1.5 23.0 22.0 27.0 46.2 73.5 6.0 63.0

Experimental design comprised randomized 5 x 2 blocks with four replications, or rather, five residual doses of P2O5 (0; 30; 60; 120 and 240 kg ha-1 P2O5) applied during the sowing of black oats in June 2013, with or without inoculation in black oat and maize (maize + U. brizantha cv. Marandu) seeds with diazotrophic bacteriaAzospirillum brasilense provided by Total AZO inoculant at the commercial dose 100 mL 25 kg-1 seeds. Seed inoculation occurred in the shade immediately before sowing. Experimental area measured 1,760 m2, with plots 4.4 m wide and 10 m long, totaling 44 m2.

Bean sowing occurred on the straw coverage of maize-U. brizantha cv. Marandu intercropping and the areas were inoculated or not withAzospirillum brasilense in black oats and in maize-U. brizantha cv. Marandu, antecessors of the bean crop. The five phosphorus doses were applied in the black oat crop previous to the culture of maize-U. brizantha cv. Marandu and bean crop.

Marandu grass was desiccated by the herbicide Glyphosate at a dose of 1.440 g ha-1 of active ingredient prior to bean sowing, whilst plants were ground by a vegetal residue horizontal grinder (Triton). Bean seeds cv. Pérola were mechanically sown by a sowing-fertilizing machine locked to a machete-type groover for NTS, with a 0.45 m space between rows and a distribution of 15 seeds per m-1. Further, 50 g of Carboxina + 50 g of Tiran/100 kg of seeds were used for seed treatment.

Seeding fertilizer comprised 20 kg of N and 40 kg ha-1 of K2O, with urea and KCl as sources, respectively. Cover fertilization occurred on the 30th day after plant emergence (stage V4) with 50 kg ha-1 of N as urea.

The Foliar Chlorophyll Index (FCI) and foliar nutrient rates were calculated during the flowering of the bean crop (V4-R5). Digital chlorophyll-meter (CFL 1030 - Falker) was employed at the third totally developed trifoliate leaf to determine FCI, with an average of 10 readings per leaflet in ten plants per plot. Twenty mature trifoliate leaves (3rd trifoliate) per plot were harvested on the same day when foliar FCI readings were performed. They were dried in a forced air buffer at 65 ºC till constant mass and ground in a Wiley mill to determine macronutrient rates, following methodology by Malavolta, Vitti and Oliveira (1997).

The morphological attributes, production components and grain productivity were calculated at the end of the crop cycle. Plants of the usable area (four 2m-long rows at the center) in each plot were harvested and assessed as to the number of plants per experimental unit to determine the plant´s final situation (PFS), the height of the insertion of the first pod (HIFP) in 10 plants per plot.

Since ten plants harvested at random in the usable area per plot determined production components, the number of pods per plant (NPP), the number of grains per pod (NGP) and the mass of 100 grains (M100) could be assessed. Results were corrected for 13% humidity. All the plants of the plot´s usable area were mechanically threshed and weighed to evaluate grain productivity (GP); humidity was corrected at 13% (wet base) and the final result was transformed at kg ha-1. Correction of grain humidity was required due to differences in maturation within the same harvest and to avoid the development of microorganisms (fungus and insects).

Shapiro-Wilk´s test (1965), under nil hypothesis of normality, was employed to test normality at 5% significance. Results underwent analysis of variance by F-test (p<0.05). Effect of inoculation or non-inoculation with Azospirillum brasilense in antecessors black oats and maize were compared by Tukey´s test (p < 0.05). Effect of residual phosphate fertilization was assessed by regression analysis. Statistical analyses were performed with SISVAR® (FERREIRA, 2011).


Data underwent normality test and the nil hypothesis was not rejected, or rather, residues showed normal distribution at 5% significance.

The inoculation with A. brasilense of intercropping maize antecessor to bean crop altered P, Ca and Mg rates available in the bean´s leaf tissues. Residual phosphate fertilization and the combination of treatments did not affect nutrition rates and FCI of the bean crop (Table 2).

Table 2 Average Foliar Chlorophyll Index (FCI) and rates of foliar macronutrients in bean winter crop due to inoculation or not by Azospirillum brasilense in maize intercropped with U. brizantha cv. Marandu and residual phosphate fertilization 

Treatments FCI N P K Ca Mg S
g kg-1
Inoculation - I
Without 40.95 a 49.6 a 5.2 a 25.8 a 11.0 b 4.9 b 2.6 a
With 43.15 a 51.5 a 4.9 b 26.4 a 12.5 a 5.1 a 2.5 a
F test 0.58ns 1.47ns 4.29* 0.48ns 9.84** 5.51* 0.21ns
SMD 5.95 3.33 0.23 1.76 0.98 0.14 0.20
Doses of P2O5 - D
0 42.49 48.0 5.1 24.8 11.8 5.1 2.7
30 37.49 48.1 5.0 27.3 11.4 4.9 2.4
60 46.99 52.9 5.0 25.5 12.3 5.1 2.7
120 38.63 50.7 5.3 26.5 11.6 4.9 2.5
240 44.66 53.1 5.0 26.5 12.0 5.0 2.5
F Test - D 1.52ns 1.84ns 0.67ns 1.02ns 0.38ns 0.64ns 1.21ns
SMD 13.39 7.50 0.52 3.99 2.21 0.31 0.45
F Test - I x D 1.38ns 1.66ns 2.02ns 0.38ns 0.38ns 0.36ns 0.65ns
CV (%) 6.46 10.15 7.08 10.49 12.83 4.32 12.26

Averages followed by the same letter in the column do not differ by Tukey´s test at 5% probability.

** and *significant at 1 and 5% probability by F Test, respectively.

nsnot significant. SMD: significant minimum difference; CV: coefficient of variation

When A. brasilense was employed in intercropping maize antecessor to the bean crop, results were not significant as the rates of foliar P of the bean crop, with greater rates (5.2 g kg-1) with bean crops in non-inoculated areas (Table 2). However, regardless of inoculation or not by the diazotrophic bacterium, mean rates for P in bean plants were above the culture´s adequate levels (between 2 and 3 g kg-1 P), according to Malavolta, Vitti and Oliveira (1997).

When Balzergue et al. (2011) applied higher doses of P2O5 in peas during the early phase of colonization by shrubby mycorrhizal fungi (SMF), the authors reported the complete disappearance of the symbiosis, perhaps due to self-regulation, partially as a response to signalization by plants. When plants are cultivated in high phosphate concentrations, they neither estimate SMF nor do they present strigolactone, with a decrease or lack of radicular colonization in the wake of high phosphate doses. Consequently, absorption is reduced.

Ca and Mg rates in bean leaves were higher in plants from plots in which maize intercropped with Marandu grass was inoculated through seeds (12.5 and 5.1 g kg-1, respectively). According to Hungria et al. (2010), bacteria of the genus Azospirillum have a fundamental role in the enhancement of plant growth and may improve the absorption of several macro- and micronutrients by enhancing the efficiency of nutrients available in the soil.

According to Raij et al. (1997), the adequate range lies between 10 and 25 g kg-1 and 2.5 and 5.0 g kg-1 of dry matter for Ca and Mg, respectively. Results reveal that management of bean winter crop intercropped with maize-Marandu grass with maize inoculation by A. brasilense was highly relevant for Ca absorption since non-inoculated plant rates, albeit adequate for the crops, are at the lowest limits of sufficiency, according to Raij et al. (1997).

It should be enhanced that high concentrations of Mg, verified in current analysis, may cause a nutritional imbalance in leaf tissues, with consequences for crop development (RAIJ et al., 1997). Therefore, A. brasilense may raise Mg levels in leaf tissues above the culture´s critical line and cause damage in the tissues due to nutrient excess. Results for Mg may also be related to the good levels of the nutrient available at the soil´s cultivable layer (0 - 0.20 m), as Table 1 shows, enhancing greater absorption and redistribution of the nutrient in the plant due to the bacteria. When A. brasilense is employed for Mg nutrition in bean crops, the Mg levels already in the soil should be taken into account since they are prone to rise when bacteria are present and attain the crop´s critical levels.

N rates in the bean plant´s foliar tissues did not increase by applying A. brasilense, perhaps due to nitrogenated fertilization in sowing and coverage. It is a well-known fact that the biological fixation of nitrogen decreases when mineral N is provided. Consequently, the mineral fertilization of N in the crop may have caused the non-occurrence of positive effects of the nutrient in foliar tissues, as Table 2 shows.

Several factors contribute towards the complexity of inoculation responses with diazotrophic bacteria, including the interaction of plant genotype and inoculated strain, the plants´ nutritional conditions, soil and the environment´s abiotic factors (LEMOS et al., 2013; QUADROS et al., 2014).

The residual effect of phosphate fertilization in the sowing of black oats failed to affect the macronutrient rates of the bean´s foliar tissues (Table 2). Lack of significant results in the increase of foliar rates may be due to the nutrient´s low mobility in the soil and to its application prior to the sowing of black oats. According to Santos, Gatiboni and Kamiski (2008), under such conditions, the greatest P accumulations occur at the soil´s surface layers in the No Tilling System due to the consecutive addition of fertilizers on the surface layer, lack of soil turning and decrease in erosion rates. In fact, the above are characteristics similar to the soil in the studied area, with more than 10 years of NTS, as Table 1 shows.

There was a significant difference between treatments with and without inoculation of intercropping maize antecessor to the bean crop. The application of A. brasilense provided lower productivity rates of the bean crop when compared to that in non-inoculated plants (Table 3). Results were similar to those by Campos, Theisen and Gnatta (2000), since no response on grain yield was available when they studied the use of the inoculant Graminante®, perhaps due to the bacteria specific to the assessed genotype.

Table 3 Average number of plants (NP), number of pods per plant (NPP), number of grains per plant (NGP), number of grains per pod (NGPD), height of insertion of the first pod (HIFP), height of plant (HP), mass of 100 grains and productivity (PROD) of the bean winter crop due to the inoculation or non-inoculation of maize intercropped with U. brizantha cv. Marandu with Azospirillum brasilense and residual phosphate fertilization 

Treatments NP NPP NGP NGPP HIFP HP M100 G PROD kg ha-1
--------------------------- nº -------------------------- --------- cm ----------
Inoculation - I
without 210.556 a 17.2 a 89.5 a 5.2 a 19.76 a 69.21 a 24.52 a 2.874 a
with 215.833 a 15.9 a 84.4 a 5.3 a 20.10 a 69.74 a 25.16 a 2.625 b
F test 0.37ns 3.98ns 1.76ns 0.63ns 0.11ns 0.10ns 1.53ns 16.97**
SMD 17.041 1.40 7.90 0.21 1.23 3.57 1.10 123.66
Doses of P2O5 - D
0 212.500 15.8 79.5 5.0 19.90 68.10 24.75 2.551
30 202.778 16.1 84.8 5.3 19.08 68.68 25.03 2.637
60 205.556 15.9 84.6 5.3 20.08 68.01 25.30 2.779
120 220.833 18.3 99.5 5.6 20.25 72.63 24.76 2.843
240 224.306 16.7 86.5 5.2 20.50 69.95 24.36 2.937
F test - D 0.93ns 1.75ns 3.03* 3.54* 0.65ns 0.99ns 0.37ns 5.35**
Model equation - - Q Q - - - L
R2 (%) - - 78.67 93.40 - - - 85.71
F test - E - - 7.44* 12.34** - - - -
F test - I x D 0.22ns 1.82ns 3.71ns 2.74ns 0.66ns 0.48ns 0.62ns 18.35**
CV (%) 12.85 13.06 14.00 6.07 9.50 7.92 6.53 10.89

Averages followed by the same letter in the column do not differ by Tukey´s test at 5% probability.

** and *significant at 1 and 5% probability by F Test, respectively. ns not significant. SMD: significant minimum difference; CV: coefficient of variation

nsnot significant. SMD: significant minimum difference; CV: coefficient of variation

However, bean productivity rates in current research are above the Brazilian average and within the average for the state of São Paulo, regardless of the plants´ inoculation by A. brasilense (CONAB, 2015).

No significant difference between treatments with or without inoculation of maize antecessor to the bean crop has been reported for the production components, probably due to the non-specificity of diazotrophic bacteria from the soil to the bean crop. This fact may have decreased the infection rate of bean roots by the bacteria of the genus Rhizobium.

The lack of significant responses to treatments may be also due to the good fertility of the soil of the experimental area, including N, which may have reduced the multiplication of A. brasilense and thus enhanced the absence of responses for the assessed agronomic characteristics and production components.

The remaining P2O5 doses altered the number of grains per plant and the number of grains per pod (Table 3), whereas the interaction between the remaining P2O5 doses and inoculation or non-inoculation of maize antecessor to the bean crop by A. brasilense had a significant effect on bean productivity (Table 4).

Table 4 Development of the interaction inoculation with Azospirillum brasilense of maize intercropped with U. brizantha cv. Marandu and residual phosphate fertilization for the productivity of bean winter plant 

Inoculation P2O5 (kg ha-1) Equation R2 (%)
0 30 60 120 240
Productivity (kg ha-1)
without 2,762 a 2,868 a 3,159 a 2,768 a 2,811 a - ns
with 2,339 b 2,405 b 2,399 b 2,919 a 3,064 a Y= 2.324,3916+3,3423x** 87.47

Averages followed by the same letter in the column do not differ by Tukey´s test at 5% probability.

** and *significant at 1 and 5% probability, respectively.

nsnot significant

Plants from plots in which maize was not inoculated and associated to areas with applications 30 and 60 kg ha-1 P2O5 and without residual P (control), revealed bean productivity which was greater than that in plots with inoculated maize (Table 4). The above was probably due to the effect described by Balzergue et al. (2011). In other words, plants cultivated in high phosphate concentrations are unable to stimulate SMF and do not have strigolactone, with absorption reduction and a consequent decrease or lack of radicular colonization due to high phosphate doses.

Productivity results of inoculated areas provided a positive linear adjustment to the increase of the soil´s residual P2O5 (Table 4) by reduction of rates in the soil after the exportation of antecessor maize grains and by the lack of SMF participation. On the other hand, there was no significant regression adjustment in areas in which the antecessor intercropping maize was not inoculated with A. brasilense, evidenced by NTS in the area (nutrient cycling|) and by adequate P rates in the soil, even in the control plot (Table 1).

Results on the number of grains per plant and per pod caused by P2O5 doses adjusted to a quadratic model (Figures 2A and 2B) with maximum peaks, respectively, for doses 144 and 136 kg ha-1 of P2O5. Similarly to the number of grains per plant (Figure 2A) and to the number of grains per pod (Figure 2B) and, probably, due to the same, the bean plant´s productivity responded positively to P2O5 doses in the sowing of black oats and with residual effect for the bean winter plant a year after fertilization.

Figure 2 Number of grains per plant (A), number of grains per pod (B) and productivity of bean winter plant (C) due to residual phosphate fertilization 

Grain productivity results proved to be linear (Figure 2C), corroborating data by Nascente et al. (2014) who reported increase in productivity of bean plants when doses of P2O5 increased.

Santos et al. (2011) also underscored the importance of phosphate fertilization on bean production, even though P is the least absorbed among macronutrients due to the characteristics of high soil adsorption and to the fact that the nutrient is only slightly available to vegetation.

According to Raij (2001), adequate phosphorus doses are an asset for the development of the crop from the start to the end of its cycle, stimulating radicular growth, formation of reproduction parts and fruit formation. Adequate P levels in the soil provide plants with greater production and with more resistance against adversities (ZUCARELI et al., 2011). It is highly probable that during the plants´ growth and development, P2O5 doses which cause the highest production rates supplemented the bean´s nutritional requirements with equilibrium.


  1. Inoculation withAzospirillum brasilense in seeds of black oats and maize intercropped with Marandu grass anteceding the bean winter crop improved the plants´ nutritional state by a linear increase in grain productivity only in areas in which the anteceding plants were inoculated by A. brasilense;

  2. There was an increase in production components caused by the residual effect of phosphate fertilization, with maximum peaks between 144 and 136 kg ha-1 of P2O5, respectively for the number of grains per plant and the number of grains per pod.

1Parte da Dissertação de Mestrado financiada pela Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)


The authors would like to thank the Foundation Research Support of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP) for the scholarship awarded to the first author (Process FAPESP n. 2013/03439-3) and for funding current research.


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Received: January 26, 2016; Accepted: September 11, 2016

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