Chemical Elements in Plant and Soil: Parameters Controlling Essentiality

  • Stefan Fränzle

Part of the Tasks for Vegetation Science book series (TAVS, volume 45)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Stefan Fränzle
    Pages 1-15
  3. Stefan Fränzle
    Pages 131-151
  4. Stefan Fränzle
    Pages 153-179
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 181-196

About this book


Earlier works on plant essential elements have revealed a series of complicated, counter-intuitive relationships among various chemical elements in different plant species, due to both unlike usage of certain elements in plants and to different carriers effecting resorption and transport.

In an attempt to provide a more coherent theory behind plant mineral nutrition, this groundbreaking book adopts a very different approach from the existing literature, presenting an explanation of the essentiality of chemical elements in biological systems and the application of stoichiometric network analysis (SNA) to the biological system of elements. Starting with data from biochemical environmental analysis, and a discussion of the phenomena involved in metal ion partition and autocatalytic behaviour, conditions and criteria controlling the partition of metals into biomass are investigated. Several rules are derived and investigated in terms of their interaction both in comparisons among contemporary organisms and in terms of evolution. This allows the construction, for example of a map which directly traces the biological feature of essentiality to parameters of coordination chemistry.

The book will have worldwide appeal for researchers interested in fields such as soil/plant interactions, bioinorganic chemistry, plant nutrition, phytomining, bioremediation, biogeochemistry, nutrient cycling, soil chemistry, and cellular physiology.


Coordination Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry Metabolism Ordination Plant nutrition Resorption Transport physiology

Authors and affiliations

  • Stefan Fränzle
    • 1
  1. 1.Internationales Hochschulinstitut ZittauZittauGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-2751-1
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-2752-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0167-9406
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-130X
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