Plant Nutrient Deficiency

Is your crop suffering from nutrient deficiency? Inadequate levels of any of these essential plant nutrients can have major effects on crop growth, health and yield. Click on the links below to find out more about the importance of each of key nutrient and how to identify the causes of symptoms of deficiency.

Molybdenum deficiency in plants

blanched upper leaves of potted chrysanthemum, caused by molybdenum deficiency

Blanched upper leaves of potted chrysanthemum, caused by molybdenum deficiency. Source: APS Digital Image Collections.

Taken up as MO3-, Molybdenum plays a vital role in the enzyme processes that convert Nitrogen into Amine.

As a result, Molybdenum nutrient deficiency is very similar to Nitrogen stress, with older leaves becoming chlorotic. In addition, plants can display problems with stem extension and leaf expansion.

Being very mobile in most soils, Molybdenum availability is often low. High Molybdenum status can induce Copper deficiency, particularly affecting grazing livestock. Where required, foliar feeding with Molybdenum can be very effective.

 

 

dieback and wilting leaves of molybdenum deficient onions

Dieback and wilting leaves of molybdenum deficient onions. Source: APS Digital Image Collections.

 

 

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