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Zarebanadkouki, M; Khoshgoftarmanesh, Amir H; Norouzi, Mojtaba; Schulin, Rainer: Critical soil zinc deficiency concentration and tissue iron: Zinc ratio as a diagnostic tool for prediction of zinc deficiency in corn, (2009), doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/01904160903308101
Zinc (Zn) fertilizer application is most economic if based on soil test and plant analysis information. The aim of this study was to determine the soil test [diethylenetrinitrilopentaacetate (DTPA) and ethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (EDTA) extractable] Zn-critical levels and tissue Fe/Zn ratio for corn (Zea mays L.). A greenhouse experiment with 12 soil series and two Zn fertilizer treatments (0 and 15 mg Zn kg−1 as zinc sulfate) was conducted. Critical Zn deficiency levels were determined using the Cate-Nelson procedure. Relative corn yield varied from 0.59 to 1.64. Critical deficiency levels based on the Cate-Nelson method were 1.50 and 1.17 mg kg−1 for DTPA and EDTA-extracted soil Zn, respectively. No accurate critical deficiency level could be established using the shoot Zn concentrations. The critical iron (Fe)/Zn ratio in the corn shoot was 3.9. Values greater than 3.9 indicate hidden Zn deficiency and probable response to applied Zn.
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