Mineral Nutrition of Crops: Fundamental Mechanisms and Implications

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CRC Press, Jun 18, 1999 - Technology & Engineering - 399 pages
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The first book on crop nutrition that covers topics from soil hydrology to molecular biology!

The first book ever to elucidate so many different aspects of mineral nutrition of crops, Mineral Nutrition of Crops: Fundamental Mechanisms and Implications will allow you to grasp the complexity of the soil-water-plant-microbe interactions governing nutrient uptake and utilization by crops. By emphasizing a fundamental mechanistic approach, this book effectively complements the monograph Nutrient Use in Crop Production (The Haworth Press, Inc.). With Mineral Nutrition of Crops you will explore the many facets necessary to increase crop and pasture yields and minimize unwanted losses of nutrients to the environment.

Mineral Nutrition of Crops covers a wide range of topics that span several scientific disciplines: agriculture, agronomy, botany, forestry, ecology, plant science, and soil science. From this book, you will gain vital knowledge required to understand the complexity of mechanisms and processes governing nutrient transport toward roots, including biological and chemical reactions influencing nutrient availability in the rhizosphere, uptake by root cells, long-distance transport toward grain, and the role of nutrients in metabolism. Also, you will explore issues relating to the following topics:
  • biology and chemistry of nutrient availability in the rhizosphere
  • kinetics of nutrient uptake by plant cells
  • role of mineral photosynthesis and yield formation
  • importance of seed nutrient reserves in crop growth and development
  • breeding crops for improved nutrient efficiency
  • significance of root size for plant production
  • monitoring water and nutrient fluxes down the profile
From Mineral Nutrition of Crops , you will gain the knowledge you need to understand and improve methods of crop growth and nutrition. Mineral Nutrition of Crops is an indispensable manual for anyone involved in the many aspects of growing crops.
 

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Contents

Biology and Chemistry of Nutrient Availability
1
Kinetics of Nutrient Uptake by Plant Cells
41
Dual Isotherms and Multiphasic Kinetics
47
Root Structure and Observed Kinetics
54
Molecular Biology of Nutrient Transporters
67
LongDistance Nutrient Transport in Plants
91
Pathway of Nutrient Transport into Developing Grains
104
The Significance of Root Size for Plant
115
Using Nutrition for Disease Control
192
Importance of Seed Mineral Nutrient
205
Variable PhloemMobile Nutrient Elements
214
General Conclusions
223
Breeding Crops for Improved Nutrient
267
Screening Techniques for the Evaluation of Nutrient
275
Monitoring Water and Nutrient Fluxes
289
Mechanistic Simulation Models for a Better
327

Tomato Response to Root Treatments in Hydroponics
124
Internal Regulation of Nutrient Uptake
133
Role of Mineral Nutrients in Photosynthesis
141
The Role of Nutrition in Crop Resistance
169
Strategies to Reduce Disease Severity by Improving
178
Mechanisms of Disease Control with Nutrition
186
Modeling Approaches
336
Validation of the Models
348
General Conclusions and Final Remarks
362
Index
369
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