Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

J. M. McGrath, J. Spargo, C. J. Penn

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Soil fertility and plant nutrition is an applied science that integrates knowledge across all disciplines of soil and plant sciences to effectively and efficiently provide nutrients to plants. Efficient use of nutrients is required not only to maximize agricultural production but also to protect air, soil, and water quality as well as the natural resources involved in providing fertilizers to support agricultural production. This article provides an overview of the essential nutrients, their role in plant growth, behavior in soil, and management in crop production systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlant Health
Number of pages19
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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© 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


  • Agronomy
  • Essential plant nutrients
  • Fertilizer
  • Micronutrients
  • Nitrogen
  • Nutrient availability
  • Nutrient management
  • PH
  • Phosphorus
  • Plant analysis
  • Potassium
  • Soil acidity
  • Soil chemistry
  • Soil mineralogy
  • Soil properties
  • Soil testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science


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