Nutrient–Water Interactions

Authored by: Ardell D. Halvorson

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120042720

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Abstract

Water is a major factor in nutrient availability to plants. It is the vehicle through which nutrients move through soil to access plant roots for uptake. Nutrients move via mass flow and diffusion in soil water to the root surface. Root interception is the third way in which plants obtain soil nutrients, as root hairs develop and contact the soil particles or solution.

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