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Determination of threshold value of iron in soils and plants for the response of rice and lentil to iron application in calcareous soil

R. SAKAL, B. P. SINGH and A. P. SINGH
Plant and Soil
Vol. 82, No. 1 (1984), pp. 141-148
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42935551
Page Count: 8
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Determination of threshold value of iron in soils and plants for the response of rice and lentil to iron application in calcareous soil
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Abstract

In a pot experiment with 26 calcareous soils, the critical limit of Fe in soils and plants was evaluated. DTPA-extractable Fe was found significanty correlated with Bray's per cent yield in rice. The Fe²⁺ (iron) in rice and lentil was also found significantly correlated with DTPA-extractable Fe as well as Bray's per cent yield showing thereby the superiority of Fe²⁺ (iron) in leaves over DTPA-extractable soil Fe to differentiate Fe responsive soils from non-responsive ones. The total Fe content in plant tissues does not seem correlated with the occurrence of Fe deficiency. The threshold values of DTPA-extractable soil Fe and Fe²⁺ (iron) in rice and lentil leaves were 6.95, 44 and 74.5 ppm, respectively below which appreciable responses to Fe application were observed. The optimum Fe level for these soils was found to be 10 ppm in which the dry matter yield response in all the 19 rice soils and 16 lentil soils ranged from 14.28 to 56.16 (Av. 25.75%) and 13.31 to 53.97 (Av. 22.47%), respectively.

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