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VFRC Releases Report on Nutrient Uptake Through Plant Leaves

November 13, 2013 – WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center has released the second paper in its series of reports that explore the basis of the Center’s research agenda. The second report, written in cooperation with scientists from Wageningen University, explores nutrient uptake through the leaves of plants.

Nutrients are taken up by plant roots, but interestingly, leaves can absorb nutrients also. Research is not clear about the effectiveness of foliar fertilizers in agricultural crops and this initial study systematically analyzes the information to improve understanding about the matter.
Foliar fertilizers are applied for a variety of reasons, with greatly differing application methods and uptake efficiencies. Even after leaf penetration, the relevance to plant growth and development remains ambiguous, e.g., because some nutrients are not remobilized to other organs once bound to permanent structures where deposited.
The interactions between physical, chemical, environmental and crop-physiological processes, along with metabolic processes, must be understood to arrive at effective foliar interventions.
Click here to read VFRC Report 2013/2, “Foliar Fertilizer Application: Preliminary Review.”
The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC) was created in 2010, as a semi-autonomous unit of IFDC, to fast-track the development of a new generation of rapidly deployable technologies that will enable responsible and sustainable food security, particularly in the world’s developing regions. The Center is collaborating with a global network of partners to conduct coordinated research under a unified technology agenda. Working with its partner network in a virtual setting, the science-based, global Center is creating the environment and platform that will allow rapid and affordable technology dissemination into the world market.

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