The Effects of Nutrient Availability on Plant Growth and Development

  • Published 2015

Abstract

Plants are heavily reliant on nutrients present in the soil. In some cases, such as with nitrogen or phosphorus, the plant can send these nutrients from old tissue to new tissue in the event of a deficiency in the environment. This experiment sought to analyze the effects of certain nutrient deficiencies over a four week span of growth. It was discovered that nitrogen deficiency, phosphorus deficiency, and complete nutrient deficiency all led to significant differences in growth capacity over the span of the experiment. Standard chlorophyll content also showed significant differences when comparing the nitrogen-deficient and phosphorusdeficient treatments with the complete nutrient treatment. These results indicated that mobility of nutrients cannot completely offset a deficiency of said nutrient in the environment, it can only help the plant attempt to survive the deficiency.

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@inproceedings{2015TheEO, title={The Effects of Nutrient Availability on Plant Growth and Development}, author={}, year={2015} }