Plant and Soil

, Volume 102, Issue 2, pp 177–184 | Cite as

Soil factors influencing ferric hydroxide plaque formation on roots ofTypha latifolia L

  • S. M. Macfie
  • A. A. Crowder


The amount of ferric hydroxide plaque deposited onTypha latifolia roots varied between wetlands submerged throughout the growing season. Plaque formation was positively correlated with extractable iron in the substrate and pH, and negatively correlated with the percent organic matter and percent inorganic carbonates in the soil. All the above correlations were significant but weak, and in a stepwise regression analysis these four soil factors accounted for 72% of the variation in plaque deposition. Plaque formation was unrelated to soil texture.

Key words

extractable soil iron ferric hydroxide plaque inorganic carbonate organic matter pH soil particle size Typha latifolia 


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  • S. M. Macfie
    • 1
  • A. A. Crowder
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyQueen's UniversityKingstonCanada

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