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Phosphorus (P) in plants

Phosphorus is highly mobile in plant and essential for respiration and cell division.

Phosphorus is a structural component of the plasma membrane of the cell; plays an essential role in the constitution of nucleotides and nucleic acids.

It plays a significant role in energy metabolism.

It is obligatory in all phosphorylation reactions.

It is absorbed as phosphate ion from the soil.

It Promotes root formation and fruit ripening

These are some deficiency symptoms listed below:

  1. Red or purple blots on the leaf surfaces
  2. Loss of older leaves
  3. Plants stunted and the colour of leaves become dark green than normal
  4. Seed dormancy increases
  5. Premature fall of leaves and fruit
  6. Phosphatase enzyme activity increases
  7. Causes accumulation of carbohydrates in soybean plant
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