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American Journal of Experimental Agriculture, ISSN: 2231-0606,Vol.: 3, Issue.: 2 (April-June)

Review Article

Role of Zinc in Plant Nutrition- A Review


B. Hafeez1, Y. M. Khanif2 and M. Saleem1*

1Agriculture Research Institute Tandojam-Pakistan.
2Department of Land Management, University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia.

Article Information


(1) Dr. Arun Prabhu Dhanapal, Agricultural Building, University of Missouri Columbia, USA.


(1) Anonymous.

(2) Zeng-Yei Hseu, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan.

(3) Anonymous.

Complete Peer review History: http://www.sciencedomain.org/review-history/1132


Zinc is plant micronutrient which is involved in many physiological functions its inadequate supply will reduce crop yields. Zinc deficiency is the most wide spread micronutrient deficiency problem, almost all crops and calcareous, sandy soils, peat soils, and soils with high phosphorus and silicon are expected to be deficient. Zinc deficiencies can affect plant by stunting its growth, decreasing number of tillers, chlorosis and smaller leaves, increasing crop maturity period, spikelet sterility and inferior quality of harvested products. Beside its role in crop production Zn plays a part in the basic roles of cellular functions in all living organisms and is involved in improving the human immune system, due to its insufficient intake, human body will suffer from hair and memory loss, skin problems and weakness in body muscles.

Keywords :

Zinc; plant nutrition; rice; bioavailability; human health.

Full Article - PDF    Page 374-391

DOI : 10.9734/AJEA/2013/2746

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