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  • Glenda

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    June 21, 2024 at 10:09 am
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    Plants obtain essential nutrients from the soil through several mechanisms:

    1. Root Uptake: Plants absorb nutrients from the soil solution through their roots. The roots release enzymes to break down organic matter and release nutrients, which are then absorbed by the plant.
    2. Nutrient Availability: Nutrient availability is influenced by factors such as soil pH, type of soil, and the presence of other nutrients. For example, high levels of certain nutrients can make other nutrients less available to the plant.
    3. Microbial Activity: Microorganisms in the soil, such as mycorrhizal fungi, can help plants access nutrients by breaking down organic matter and releasing nutrients in a form that can be taken up by the plant.
    4. Fertilizers: Fertilizers can be added to the soil to supplement essential nutrients. These can be organic or inorganic and can be applied in various forms, such as slow-release or soluble fertilizers.
    5. Nutrient Cycling: Nutrients are constantly being cycled through the soil ecosystem. Organic matter is broken down, releasing nutrients, which are then taken up by plants. This process is influenced by factors such as soil temperature, moisture, and microbial activity.

    These mechanisms work together to ensure that plants have access to the necessary nutrients for growth and development.

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