Title

Nutrient Deficiency Treatments in Agricultural Plant Species

Date

5-26-2016 1:30 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 3:30 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Biology

Session Chair

Kristin Latham

Session Chair

Jeff Snyder

Session Title

Research in the Biological Sciences

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Ava Howard

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

While symptoms of nutrient deficiency in agricultural plant species has been well studied, and ranges of symptoms for each deficiency have been defined, standardized deficiency solutions do not yet exist that provide an adequate balance of all but one essential nutrient. In preliminary experiments, the effects of test solutions (control, low-Nitrogen, low-Phosphorus, and low-Potassium) were compared across corn and sunflower plants. Precipitate formed in some deficiency solutions, but visual symptoms of deficiency were still present in the plants. Leaf tissue analysis revealed other elements not targeted for manipulation, such as calcium, in greater proportions in control tissue compared to deficiency treated plant tissue. The purpose of this similar study is to investigate improved deficiency formulas which provide uniform and balanced nutrient concentrations.

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May 26th, 1:30 PM May 26th, 3:30 PM

Nutrient Deficiency Treatments in Agricultural Plant Species

WUC Pacific Room

While symptoms of nutrient deficiency in agricultural plant species has been well studied, and ranges of symptoms for each deficiency have been defined, standardized deficiency solutions do not yet exist that provide an adequate balance of all but one essential nutrient. In preliminary experiments, the effects of test solutions (control, low-Nitrogen, low-Phosphorus, and low-Potassium) were compared across corn and sunflower plants. Precipitate formed in some deficiency solutions, but visual symptoms of deficiency were still present in the plants. Leaf tissue analysis revealed other elements not targeted for manipulation, such as calcium, in greater proportions in control tissue compared to deficiency treated plant tissue. The purpose of this similar study is to investigate improved deficiency formulas which provide uniform and balanced nutrient concentrations.