Handbook of Plant Nutrition. 2007. Allen V. Barker and David J. Pilbeam (eds.). CRC Press, 600 Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487. 613 p., $139.95 hardcover. ISBN 0-8247-5904-4. For almost half a century Chapman
resistance. The improvement of food security to improve human health requires a paradigm shift in plant breeding to integrate nutrition ( DellaPenna, 1999 ). This will require coordination of scientists involved in plant breeding, human health, and
Mineral Nutrition and Plant Disease. Lawrence E. Datnoff, Wade H. Elmer, and Don M. Huber (editors). 2007. APS Press, St. Paul, MN. 278 pages. $89.00 Hardcover. ISBN 978-0-89054-346-7. This book covers the relationship of mineral nutrients
, which can prevent diseases ( Charoensiri et al., 2009 ). To meet market demands, it is essential to observe the nutritional status of plants during cultivation, especially regarding macronutrients, because, when present in adequate concentrations, they
per pot), and three times per week when it was applied to the soil through the irrigation water (∼100 mL per pot each time). To prevent nutritional deficiencies, plants were watered monthly with 100 mL per pot of 2 g·L −1 of Hakaphos Verde fertilizer
be difficult-to-root cultivars. In such cultivars, grafting, despite its expense, can be the main method for propagation. One of the factors influencing rooting rate of cuttings of evergreen trees is stock-plant mineral nutrition ( Blazich et al
The purpose of this paper is to present a theoretical account of the phosphorus nutrition of plants in soils, including some of the evidence and thinking related to it. Because these remarks are directed to the “nutrient-solution fraternity,” a comparison of nutrient solutions and soils in respect of certain aspects of phosphorus nutrition may be an appropriate introduction.
lettuce. We posed three questions: 1) Does continuous irradiation with alternating red/blue light enhance plant growth? 2) Does it affect nutritional quality, including concentrations of sugar, ascorbic acid, and anthocyanins? 3) What mechanisms are
Physiological problems observed during postharvest handling of deciduous fruit crops often originate during production as a result of climatic, nutritional, or other cultural factors. Sometimes the likelihood of a problem occurring is partially under genetic control. For a postharvest physiologist to be fully effective in evaluating a problem, he must know the cultural history of the commodity with which he is working. Similarly, the researcher studying cultural factors should know the relationships between treatment variables and quality traits. Often this can best be accomplished by collaboration of researchers working in both fields, but one individual with proper background and interest may also acquire relatively complete information. I consider this symposium highly appropriate to point out interrelations between plant nutrition and commodity quality, and the need for adequate information on quality aspects of nutritional research to enable accurate interpretation of results.
When one searches the literature for information pertaining to the nutrition of woody ornamental plants it soon becomes obvious that there has not been too much published in this field. And most of the experimental work on the nutrition of trees has been concerned with varying combinations of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Also, most of the work that is reported was done in the field, either to trees growing in the landscape or in nurseries and as a result most of the studies report a positive response only to the application of nitrogen and little or no response to the application of phosphorus or potassium. A brief review of some of the literature on fertilizer experiments is contained in the works of Wikle (18) and Himeleck (9). Since this symposium is concerned with potassium in horticulture, I will confine most of my remarks to the place that this mineral element has on the growth and development of woody ornamental plants.