On the origin of the theory of mineral nutrition of plants and the law of the minimum

@article{Ploeg1999OnTO,
  title={On the origin of the theory of mineral nutrition of plants and the law of the minimum},
  author={Rienk R. van der Ploeg and Wolfgang B{\"o}hm and M B Kirkham},
  journal={Soil Science Society of America Journal},
  year={1999},
  volume={63},
  pages={1055-1062}
}
Modern treatises on the origin of the theory of mineral nutrition of plants and the Law of the Minimum usually refer to books published by Justus von Liebig in 1840 and 1855. These works are believed to be original reports of Liebig's own research. Occasionally, however, scholars of early agronomic literature have stated that these books by Liebig contain doctrines on mineral plant nutrition and nutrient deficiencies that had been published earlier by Liebig's countryman and colleague Carl… Expand

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