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Some General Effects of Phosphorus Deficiency on Growth and Development

D. Atkinson
The New Phytologist
Vol. 72, No. 1 (Jan., 1973), pp. 101-111
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the New Phytologist Trust
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2430621
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Some General Effects of Phosphorus Deficiency on Growth and Development
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Abstract

A number of general effects of phosphorus deficiency on plant growth are described. The experiments employed a wide range of species from different ecological habitats. Most species followed a similar pattern regardless of ecological origin. Seed size seemed to be the principal factor determining the severity of deficiency in short-term experiments. Deficiency affected root/shoot ratio, hydration and leuco-anthocyanin content. Even when plants were severely affected by deficiency they were sensitive to the physical environment.

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