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Iron nutrition of field crops in black calcareous soils of Thailand: A review

Parkpian, P., Bell, R.W.ORCID: 0000-0002-7756-3755, Ratanarat, S. and Phetchawee, S. (1988) Iron nutrition of field crops in black calcareous soils of Thailand: A review. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 11 (6-11). pp. 1275-1284.

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Iron (Fe) deficiency limits crop production on black calcareous soils (Typic Calciustolls) of Thailand with reports of Fe deficiency becoming more common. Much of the Fe in these soils occurs as free crystalline and amorphous Fe oxides and DTPA extractable Fe is low averaging 6. 4 mg/kg in 20 soils examined. Field studies showed that Fe deficiency could be alleviated by soil amendments such as elemental sulfur or by soil and foliar Fe fertilizer, provided rates of application were high enough. However, since soil amendment and Fe fertilizer use is costly, preliminary research into cultivar selection for Fe efficiency has begun with peanuts. Kernel yields in 20 cultivars were inversely related to Fe chlorosis scores. Standards for diagnosis and prediction of Fe deficiency in field crops are being developed for soil and plant analyses using DTPA and o‐phenanthroline, respectively.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Publisher: Marcel Dekker Inc.
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