The influence of the pH of the nutrient solution and the form of iron supply on the counteraction of iron deficiency in peas, soybean and flax by high concentrations of molybdenum

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Warington, K. 1957. The influence of the pH of the nutrient solution and the form of iron supply on the counteraction of iron deficiency in peas, soybean and flax by high concentrations of molybdenum. Annals of Applied Biology - AAB. 45 (3), pp. 428-447. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-7348.1957.tb05880.x

AuthorsWarington, K.
Abstract

The prevention of chlorosis in flax by high concentrations of molybdenum in a nutrient solution was associated with a delay in the precipitation of iron from ferric citrate, a slower drift of pH towards alkalinity and an increase in the iron content of the root. These effects were greater with ammonium than with sodium molybdate and occurred with solutions started at pH 4.6 but not at pH 6.6. When FeEDTA was the source of iron, a similar delay in pH drift in the solution and accumulation of iron in the root occurred, but there was no chlorosis or precipitation of iron in the control treatment, so the effect of high molybdenum could not be fully determined. When ferric chloride was used, high molybdenum did not prevent chlorosis nor delay iron precipitation or cause accumulation of iron in the root, though the rate of pH drift resembled that of solutions containing the organic forms of iron. Similar results were obtained with peas and soybeans receiving high molybdenum treatment, but suppression of chlorosis was only temporary. It is suggested that the capacity of molybdenum to offset chlorosis is due to the formation, in acid solution, of a complex with phosphorus which renders iron more available by delaying the formation of ferric phosphate. This seems to occur only when iron is supplied in the organic form.

Year of Publication1957
JournalAnnals of Applied Biology - AAB
Journal citation45 (3), pp. 428-447
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-7348.1957.tb05880.x
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Output statusPublished
Copyright licensePublisher copyright
PublisherWiley
ISSN0003-4746

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