Plant and Soil

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 489–491 | Cite as

Mobilisation of phosphorus byPteridium aquilinum

  • Joan Mitchell
Short Communication


A leaching experiment was designed to assess the ability ofPteridium aquilinum rhizomes to mobilise phosphate from inorganic sources. It was found that in contrast to roots ofCalluna vulgaris Pteridium aquilinum residues effectively released phosphate in an available form from both ground mineral phosphate and a mineral soil.


Phosphate Phosphorus Plant Physiology Mineral Soil Mineral Phosphate 
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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joan Mitchell
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of GlasgowUK

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