Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Fishery, Domestic Science, Nutrition
Summary Zinc adsorption isotherms were constructed for three calcereous soils which varied in carbonate contents, texture, and past history of phosphate fertilization. The equilibrium conditions were 25°C, 0.01 M CaCl2 and 6 days. Higher phosphate fertilization of the soils reduced Zn adsorption. The effect of P was more in the soil with lower carbonate content which suggested that soil carbonates played a dominant role in the Zn adsorption characteristics of the soils. The adsorption data conformed to the Langmuir equation. Constants (k and b) calculated from the Langmuir isotherm showed that bonding energies (k) were inversely related to extractable P; i.e. higher Zn adsorption was associated with lower bonding energy. The Zn adsorption maxima (b) were higher for the soils with higher calcium carbonate equivalent. Adsorbed Zn was extracted with a single extraction of 0.005 M DTPA. The recovery was 91 percent for the Tandojam soil, 82 percent for the Tarnab soil, and 63 percent for the Kala shah Kaku soil, indicating that most of the adsorbed Zn is not irreversibly fixed by the soils and can be utilized by plant during growth. The results suggest that P-induced Zn deficiency could not be ascribed to precipitation of Zn as insoluble Zn-P compounds in soils. The increased Zn solubility with P fertilization is the evidence that P-Zn interaction does not reside in the growing medium external to plant.
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