Assessment of ZN interaction with nutrient cations in alkaline soil and its effect on plant growth

Khattak, S. G., Dominy, P. J. and Ahmad, W. (2015) Assessment of ZN interaction with nutrient cations in alkaline soil and its effect on plant growth. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 38(7), pp. 1110-1120. (doi: 10.1080/01904167.2015.1009093)

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An experiment was conducted to assess the zinc (Zn) availability to wheat in alkaline soils during Rabi 2009–2010. Wheat seedlings in pots having 2 kg alkaline sandy soil per pot were treated with 5, 10 and 15 kg Zn ha−1 as soil and with 0.5 and 1.0% zinc sulfate (ZnSO4) as foliar application. Results showed that Zn increasing levels in soil helped in phosphorus uptake up to boot stage but its conversion to grain portion lacked in Zn treated plants. Potassium (K) uptake also increased up to 6.24% in boot stage with treatment of 10 kg Zn ha−1 + 1.0% ZnSO4 foliar spray. Zinc (Zn) concentration increased in plant tissues with the increasing level of Zn application but this disturbed the phosphorus (P)-Zn interaction and, thus, both of the nutrients were found in lesser quantities in grains compared to the control. Despite of the apparent sufficient Zn level in soil (1.95 mg kg−1), improvement in growth and yield parameters with Zn application indicate that the soil was Zn deplete in terms of plant available Zn. The above findings suggest that the figure Zn sufficiency in alkaline soil (1.0 mg kg−1) should be revised in accordance to the nature and type of soils. Furthermore, foliar application of Zn up to 1.0% progressively increased yield but not significantly; and it was recommended that higher concentrations might be used to confirm foliar application of Zn as a successful strategy for increasing plant zinc levels.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Khattak, Prof Sabir and Dominy, Dr Peter
Authors: Khattak, S. G., Dominy, P. J., and Ahmad, W.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Plant Nutrition
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1532-4087

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