By Konrad Mengel, Ernest A. Kirkby, Harald Kosegarten, Thomas Appel

This is the fifth variation of a well-established publication Principles ofPlant Nutrition which used to be first released in 1978. a similar layout is maintained as in past versions with the first goal of the authors to think about significant procedures in soils and vegetation which are of relevance to plant nutrition.This re-creation offers an up to date account of the clinical advances of the topic via making connection with approximately 2000 courses. an exceptional function of the ebook, which distinguishes it from others, is its large strategy encompassing not just easy nutrients and body structure, but additionally functional points of plant nutrients concerning fertilizer utilization and crop creation of direct value to human meals. spotting the overseas readership of the publication, the authors, as in earlier versions, have tried to put in writing in a transparent concise variety of English for the advantage of the numerous readers for whom English isn't their mom tongue. The e-book could be of use to undergraduates and postgraduates in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry and Ecology in addition to these discovering in Plant Nutrition.

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1986). According to Turner and Kramer (1991) goethite (FeOOH) and hematite (Fe 203 ) are strong sulphate adsorbents. Similarly to phosphate, sulphate may be adsorbed in a mononuclear and binuclear configuration. Adsorption begins by proton ation of a hydroxyl of the goethite. Proton ation is favoured by low pH. The protonated hydroxyl attracts a sulphate followed by a ligand exchange by which a water molecule is relea sed : =Fe -OHW + - OSOPH ~ =Fe - O-SOPH + Hp The hydroxyl of the adsorbed sulphate may exch ange with another neighbouring hydroxyl so that a binuclear bond is formed.

This is the principle which underlies the regeneration of a cation exchange column where the column is treated with a large excess of a replacing cation species, so that "high energy" cations are also present in excess. In this context it should be remembered that cations are not bound tightly to the surface, but are present as a diffuse layer which facilitates exchange processes based on the individual energy levels of the cations. Cation exchange capacity (CEC) is expre ssed as a measure of the moles of positive charge per unit mass .

For soils with higher clay concentrations, partic ularly in the form of 2: I clay minerals, the cation exc hange sites need to be saturated with Ca 2+ of 60 to 80% of the CEC in order to maintain a satisfactory structure . For the more acid tropical soils (Oxiso ls) with a high concentration of Fe/AI oxides /hydroxides, a Ca saturation of the CEC of 20% is sufficient due to the flocculating effec t of AI and Fe cationic species (Broyer and Stout 1959). 4 Percentage proportion s of vario us cati on species saturating soil colloids of different so il orders (modifi ed after Hoagland 1948) Cl imate Na+ K+ M g2+ Aridi sols (alkali soil s) arid 30 semi-arid 2 humid trace 15 7 3 20 Mollisols (c hero zern) Soil ord er Spodosolo (pod sol) 14 10 Ca 2+ H+ o r cati onic AI 35 73 20 0 4 67 Catio n saturation of soil colloids depe nds much on soil type and prevailing climatic conditions.

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