Boron in Plant Nutrition

Boron deficiency symptoms

Boron deficiency symptoms

Plants initially may not exhibit obvious symptoms of boron deficiency. When moderate or severe boron deficiency occurs, most crops exhibit visible symptoms. Knowledge of boron-deficiency symptoms can help in diagnosing deficiencies.

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The role of boron in flowering and fruit, nut and seed formation

The role of boron in flowering and fruit, nut and seed formation

One of the important functions of boron in plant nutrition is its role in fostering pollen growth and development, which is important in seed set and the resulting fruit, nut and grain production.

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Boron mobility in various plant species

Boron mobility in various plant species

Plant uptake of boron (B) is a passive (non-metabolic) process and B is transported in the xylem vessels (transpiration stream) of all plant species. Therefore, B is mobile in the xylem system of all plants.

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Functions of boron in plant nutrition

Functions of boron in plant nutrition

Boron is a micronutrient required for all plant nutrition. The main functions of boron relate to cell wall strength and development, cell division, fruit and seed development, sugar transport, and hormone development. Some functions of boron interrelate with those of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and calcium in plants.

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