Inorganic Nutrition of Plants

Inorganic Nutrition of Plants

1st Edition - January 1, 1963

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  • Editor: F.C. Steward
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Plant Physiology, Volume III: Inorganic Nutrition of Plants deals with the inorganic nutrition and metabolism of plants. The book explores the role of elements, other than carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, which are essential to, or used by, plants in their vital processes. It summarizes the knowledge about mineral nutrition of plants and presents a philosophy of plant nutrition in general. This volume is organized into six chapters and begins with a brief history of mineral nutrition of plants, as well as the media from which plants draw their nutrients, such as the soil and artificial culture medium. The book then discusses the requirements for specific elements, the symptoms incurred by their deficient supply, and the evidence that a given element can be considered essential. The next chapters focus on the inorganic nutrition of microorganisms, general functions of the essential nutrient elements, and the biological situations in which elementary nitrogen is converted to the organic form. The book concludes by analyzing the soil as a complex biological system and its implication for the interpretation of the nutrition of higher plants. This book is a valuable resource for those interested in plant nutrition and plant physiology.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors to Volume III


    The Plan of the Treatise

    Note on the Use of Plant Names


    Trends in the Inorganic Nutrition of Plants

    Preamble to Chapter 1

    Chapter One Mineral Nutrition of Plants in Soils and in Culture Media

    Part 1. Mineral Nutrition of Plants in Soils

    I. Historical: Soils and Plant Nutrition

    II. Factors in the Occurrence and Distribution of Mineral Nutrients in the Soil

    III. Nature and Content of Soil Nutrients

    IV. Factors in the Retention and Availability of Nutrients

    V. Nutrient Uptake from Soil

    VI. Methods for Determining the Nutrient Requirement of Crops in the Field

    VII. Foliar Nutrition

    Part 2. Mineral Nutrition of Plants in Culture Media by

    VIII. Early Experiments and the Development of Nutrient Culture Methods

    IX. The Essential Plant Micronutrients

    X. Experimental Methods for the Study of Micronutrient Requirements

    XI. The Application of Culture Methods in the Study of Edaphic Factors

    References for Parts 1 and 2

    Preamble to Chapter 2

    Chapter Two The Essential Nutrient Elements: Requirements and Interactions in Plants

    I. Introduction

    II. Morphological, Anatomical, Chemical, and Physiological Effects of Mineral Disorders and Nutrient Interactions


    Preamble to Chapter 3

    Chapter Three Inorganic Nutrient Nutrition of Microorganisms

    I. Introduction

    II. Mineral Element Requirements

    III. Requirement for Nitrogen and Its Compounds

    IV. Requirements for Other Nutrient Elements

    V. Toxicity Effects of Metals

    VI. Conclusions


    Preamble to Chapter 4

    Chapter Four Modes of Action of the Essential Mineral Elements

    I. Introduction

    II. General Functions of the Essential Nutrient Elements

    III. Catalytic Properties of Metalloproteins

    IV. Metal Requirements of Enzymes

    V. Mechanism of Action of the Micronutrient Elements

    VI. Mechanism of Action of the Macronutrient Elements

    VII. Mineral Nutrients in Metabolic Pathways and Processes

    VIII. Concluding Remarks


    Preamble to Chapter 5

    Chapter Five Biological Nitrogen Fixation

    I. Introduction

    II. Nitrogen Fixation by Free-Living Microorganisms

    III. Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation in Leguminous Plants


    Preamble to Chapter 6

    Chapter Six Microbial Activities of Soil as They Affect Plant Nutrition

    I. Microbial Activities of Soil and Soil Structure

    II. Nitrogen Metabolism in Soil

    III. Sulfur Metabolism in Soil

    IV. The Rhizosphere and Plant Nutrition

    V. Studies of Soil Metabolism

    VI. Concluding Remarks


    Author Index

    Index to Plant Names

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 830
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1963
  • Published: January 1, 1963
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323142335

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  • George K. Wed Jun 06 2018

    Essential for horticulturists and the Concerned Consumer

    A thorough exploration of a subject essential to all of us, and a basic reference for background in current controversies of chemophobia, "Organic," agricultural policy and research. Though it predates some developments in genetic-modification (phosphite/phosphonate metabolism) and chemistry (melamine fertilizer), it is the best compendium available.