Plant and Soil

, Volume 88, Issue 3, pp 377–384 | Cite as

Effect of zinc supply on growth of three species of Eucalyptus seedlings and wheat

  • B. Dell
  • S. A. Wilson


Effects of zinc supply on shoot and root dry weight, root length, zinc concentrations and carbonic anhydrase activity were measured in 52 day old seedlings ofEucalyptus maculata, E. marginata, E. patens and wheat grown in a zinc deficient soil in the glasshouse.

Symptoms of zinc deficiency in the eucalyptus and wheat appeared within 20 to 35 days. Eucalypt seedlings had short internodes and small necrotic leaves, reduced dry weight of shoots and roots, root length and zinc concentrations in young leaves; the measurable level of leaf carbonic anhydrase activity decreased to zero. Similar responses also occurred in wheat.

The level of zinc fertilizer required for normal growth of Eucalyptus seedlings is therefore likely to be similar to that used for wheat and other agricultural crops.

Key words

Carbonic anhydrase Dry matter Eucalyptus maculata E. marginata E. patens Seedlings Symptoms Triticum aestivum Zinc 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Dell
    • 1
  • S. A. Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Environmental and Life SciencesMurdoch UniversityMurdoch

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