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Essential Mineral Nutrients

Minerals known to be required in large amounts for plant growth include


The minerals that are required in large amount, i.e., more than 10 mmol Kg-1are called macronutrients. Macronutrients include Carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, phosphorous, sulphur, potassium, calcium and magnesium. 

Selenium sodium, silicon and cobalt are beneficial elements.

Micronutrients or trace elements are needed in very small amounts (less than 10 mmol Kg-1 of dry matter). These include iron, manganese, copper, molybdenum, zinc, boron, chlorine, and nickel.

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