Plant and Soil

, Volume 328, Issue 1, pp 57–69

Glyphosate reduces shoot concentrations of mineral nutrients in glyphosate-resistant soybeans


    • Center for Advanced Studies in Weed Science (NAPD)State University of Maringá (UEM)
  • Rubem Silvério de OliveiraJr
    • Center for Advanced Studies in Weed Science (NAPD)State University of Maringá (UEM)
  • Don Morgan Huber
    • Botany & Plant PathologyPurdue University
  • Jamil Constantin
    • Center for Advanced Studies in Weed Science (NAPD)State University of Maringá (UEM)
  • César de Castro
    • Embrapa Soybean
  • Fábio Alvares de Oliveira
    • Embrapa Soybean
  • Adilson de OliveiraJr.
    • Embrapa Soybean
Regular Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11104-009-0081-3

Cite this article as:
Henrique Saes Zobiole, L., de Oliveira, R.S., Morgan Huber, D. et al. Plant Soil (2010) 328: 57. doi:10.1007/s11104-009-0081-3


Although glyphosate-resistant (GR) technology is used in most countries producing soybeans (Glycine max L.), there are no particular fertilize recommendations for use of this technology, and not much has been reported on the influence of glyphosate on GR soybean nutrient status. An evaluation of different cultivar maturity groups on different soil types, revealed a significant decrease in macro and micronutrients in leaf tissues, and in photosynthetic parameters (chlorophyll, photosynthetic rate, transpiration and stomatal conductance) with glyphosate use (single or sequential application). Irrespective of glyphosate applications, concentrations of shoot macro- and micronutrients were found lower in the near-isogenic GR-cultivars compared to their respective non-GR parental lines Shoot and root dry biomass were reduced by glyphosate with all GR cultivars evaluated in both soils. The lower biomass in GR soybeans compared to their isogenic normal lines probably represents additive effects from the decreased photosynthetic parameters as well as lower availability of nutrients in tissues of the glyphosate treated plants.


Glyphosate resistant soybean (Glycine max L.)GlyphosateNutrient statusPhotosynthesis



net photosynthesis


days after sowing


transpiration rate


stomatal conductance


glyphosate-resistant soybean


conventional soybean near-isogenic parental line


(inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometer)

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