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Plant Nutrition

  1. Heinrich W. Scherer1,
  2. Konrad Mengel2,
  3. Heinrich Dittmar3,
  4. Manfred Drach4,
  5. Ralf Vosskamp4,
  6. Martin E. Trenkel5,
  7. Reinhold Gutser6,
  8. Günter Steffens7,
  9. Vilmos Czikkely3,
  10. Titus Niedermaier8,
  11. Reinhardt Hähndel4,
  12. Hans Prün9,
  13. Karl-Heinz Ullrich4,
  14. Hermann Mühlfeld10,
  15. Wilfried Werner11,
  16. Günter Kluge12,
  17. Friedrich Kuhlmann13,
  18. Hugo Steinhauser14,
  19. Walter Brändlein3,
  20. Karl-Friedrich Kummer4

Published Online: 15 APR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/047126363X.agr338

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

How to Cite

Scherer, H. W., Mengel, K., Dittmar, H., Drach, M., Vosskamp, R., Trenkel, M. E., Gutser, R., Steffens, G., Czikkely, V., Niedermaier, T., Hähndel, R., Prün, H., Ullrich, K.-H., Mühlfeld, H., Werner, W., Kluge, G., Kuhlmann, F., Steinhauser, H., Brändlein, W. and Kummer, K.-F. 2003. Plant Nutrition. Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Universität Bonn, Agrikulturchemisches Institut, Bonn, Germany

  2. 2

    Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Institute for Plant Nutrition, Giessen, Germany

  3. 3

    BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen, Germany

  4. 4

    BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Limburgerhof, Germany

  5. 5

    Eusserthal, Germany

  6. 6

    Lehrstuhl für Pflanzenernährung, Technische Universität München-Weihenstephan, Freising, Germany

  7. 7

    Landwirtschaftliche Untersuchungs- und Forschungsanstalt, Oldenburg, Germany

  8. 8

    formerly BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen, Germany

  9. 9

    formerly BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Limburgerhof, Germany

  10. 10

    formerly Chemische Fabrik Kalk GmbH, Köln, Germany

  11. 11

    Agrikulturchemisches Institut der Universität Bonn, Bonn, Germany

  12. 12

    Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten, Bonn, Germany

  13. 13

    Institut für Landwirtschaftliche Betriebslehre, Giessen, Germany

  14. 14

    formerly Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftslehre des Landbaues, Technische Universität München, Freising, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2003

Abstract

Fertilizers in the broadest sense are products that improve the levels of available plant nutrients and/or the chemical and physical properties of soil, thereby directly or indirectly enhancing plant growth, yield, and quality. Fertilizers are classified in terms of their chemical compounds. Straight fertilizers generally contain only one primary nutrient. Compound fertilizers contain several primary nutrients and sometimes micronutrients as well. Micronutrient fertilizers contain nutrients required in small quantities by plants, as opposed to macronutrients. They are also classified as solid or liquid fertilizers and as soil or foliar fertilizers, the latter being applied exclusively by spraying on an existing plant population.

Keywords:

  • fertilizers;
  • straight fertilizers;
  • compound fertilizers;
  • micronutrient fertilizers;
  • macronutrient fertilizers;
  • plant nutrients;
  • nutrient carriers;
  • soil science