Plant and Soil

, Volume 136, Issue 2, pp 183–193 | Cite as

Distribution of magnesium in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) in relation to supply

  • B. J. Scott
  • A. D. Robson


The aims of this study were to describe the distribution of magnesium (Mg) and its retranslocation within wheat, in order to develop diagnostic procedures for Mg deficiency. Plants were grown in solution culture with both constant supply (0, 5, 10, 20, 40, 80, 160 μMMg) and discontinued supply (40 μM and 160 μM decreased to nil).

Magnesium was depleted from old leaves when Mg supply to the roots was halted. However, initial deficiency symptoms occurred on young leaves under constant but inadequate supply, contrasting with previous reports. Magnesium concentrations were also lower in young leaves compared to old leaves. Symptoms of yellowing and necrosis occurred if the leaf tissue contained <1194 μgg−1, irrespective of leaf age. The minimum Mg concentration in whole shoots associated with maximum shoot weight was 932 μgg−1; for the youngest emerged blade (YEB) it was 861 μgg−1. Symptoms were apparent on the young leaf before a reduction in shoot weight was measurable. The concentration of Mg in the YEB and whole shoot were better related to solution Mg concentration than was the Mg concentration in the old leaf.

Key words

diagnosis distribution magnesium deficiency Triticum aestivum wheat 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. J. Scott
    • 1
  • A. D. Robson
    • 1
  1. 1.Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (School of Agriculture)The University of Western AustraliaNedlandsAustralia

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