Manganese in Soils and Plants

Proceedings of the International Symposium on ‘Manganese in Soils and Plants’ held at the Waite Agricultural Research Institute, The University of Adelaide, Glen Osmond, South Australia, August 22–26, 1988 as an Australian Bicentennial Event

  • Robin D. Graham
  • Robert J. Hannam
  • Nicholas C. Uren

Part of the Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences book series (DPSS, volume 33)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. An Historical Preface

    1. Robin D. Graham, J. P. Quirk
      Pages 1-6
  3. An Introduction to Manganese Biological Chemistry

    1. N. P. Hughes, R. J. P. Williams
      Pages 7-19
  4. Manganese in Soils

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. R. J. Gilkes, R. M. McKenzie
      Pages 23-35
    3. W. A. Norvell
      Pages 37-58
  5. Manganese in Plants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Jack F. Loneragan
      Pages 113-124
    3. James N. Burnell
      Pages 125-137
    4. Lindsay C. Campbell, Ross O. Nable
      Pages 139-154
    5. D. M. Huber, N. S. Wilhelm
      Pages 155-173
    6. W. J. Horst
      Pages 175-188
  6. Manganese in Soil-Plant Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. D. J. Reuter, A. M. Alston, J. D. McFarlane
      Pages 205-224
    3. Karl H. Walter
      Pages 225-241
    4. Robert J. Hannam, Ken Ohki
      Pages 243-259
    5. E. Schlichting, L. A. Sparrow
      Pages 277-292
    6. C. D. Foy, B. J. Scott, J. A. Fisher
      Pages 293-307
    7. N. C. Uren, C. J. Asher, N. E. Longnecker
      Pages 309-328
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 335-344

About this book


Sixty years ago at the Waite Agricultural Research Institute, G. Samuel, a plant pathologist, and C. S. Piper, a chemist, published their conclusion that the cause of roadside take-all, a disease of oats, was manganese deficiency. This report, together with the concurrent and independent studies of W. M. Carne in Western Australia were the first records of manganese deficiency in Australia and came only six years after McHargue's paper which is generally accepted as the final proof of the essentiality of this element. There must have been a few doubts for some people at the time, however, as the CAB publication, 'The Minor Elements of the Soil' (1940) expressed the view that further evidence to this effect was provided by Samuel and Piper. Their historic contributions are recognised by the International Symposium on Manganese in Soils and Plants as it meets on the site of their early labours to celebrate the 60th anniversary. This year Australians also acknowledge 200 years of European settlement in this country and so the Symposium is both a Bicentennial and a diamond jubilee event which recognises the impact of trace elements on agricultural development in Australia. In a broader sense, a symposium such as this celebrates, as it reviews, the efforts of all who over the ages have contributed to our knowledge of manganese in soils and plants.


Absorption Oxide biochemistry ecology land amelioration metabolism microorganism photosynthesis physiology soil toxicity

Editors and affiliations

  • Robin D. Graham
    • 1
  • Robert J. Hannam
    • 2
  • Nicholas C. Uren
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Agronomy, Waite Agricultural Research InstituteUniversity of AdelaideGlen OsmondAustralia
  2. 2.Northfield LaboratoriesSouth Australian Department of AgricultureAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.School of AgricultureLa Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7768-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2817-6
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