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A critical comparison of the external and internal boron requirements for contrasting species in boron-buffered solution culture

Asad, A., Bell, R.W. and Dell, B. (2001) A critical comparison of the external and internal boron requirements for contrasting species in boron-buffered solution culture. Plant and Soil, 233 (1). pp. 31-45.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1010372430137
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Abstract

Despite reports that boron (B) requirements differ among plant species there is a shortage of critical evidence to demonstrate unequivocally whether species differ in internal or external B requirements or both. The present research was conducted to establish the external and internal B requirements of three contrasting species, a woody dicot (marri), an herbaceous dicot (sunflower) and a monocot (wheat) using B-buffered solution culture. Boron-buffered solution culture provided satisfactory control of external B concentrations ranging from 0.04 to 30 M throughout the 20- (sunflower and wheat) or 40-day (marri) growth period. At low external B concentrations (l 0.13 M), the growth of marri and sunflower was severely depressed but by contrast the vegetative growth of wheat plants was satisfactory and free of B deficiency symptoms. Marri and sunflower plants achieved total maximum shoot growth at 1.2 M B in solutions while wheat plants did so at 0.6 M B. The critical B concentrations (mg kg–1 dry matter) in the youngest open leaf blades of marri, sunflower and wheat plants were 17.9, 19.7 and 1.2 on 20, 10 and 10 days after transplanting (DAT), respectively. Lower internal and external B requirements of wheat were matched by a lower uptake rate of B compared to marri and sunflower

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright: 2001 Kluwer Academic Publishers
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/5587
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