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Essential Micronutrients for Cotton Production

  • Niaz Ahmed
  • Muhammad Arif AliEmail author
  • Sajjad Hussain
  • Waseem Hassan
  • Fiaz Ahmad
  • Subhan Danish
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Abstract

Micronutrients are vital for cotton growth and development. Fundamental micronutrients like boron, zinc, iron, manganese, and copper. Deficiency of these micronutrients increases under calcareous soil and high soil pH conditions which make them unavailable for plant. Currently cotton yield is falling due to nonavailability of micronutrients, so it is need of the hour to ensure sufficient supply of these micronutrients throughout cotton growth period. Micronutrients are required for various growth functions in the cotton plant. Soil application of micronutrients often results in binding with soil particles due to unfavorable soil conditions making them unavailable. Foliar application of micronutrients in such conditions is an economically viable option and also beneficial because of their application and relatively quick absorption by the leaves. In this chapter we discussed about the role of different micronutrients for cotton growth and development. We also elaborated their deficiency symptoms and possible remedial measures to correct the deficiencies.

Keywords

Micronutrients Nutrient supply Cotton Growth Yield 

Abbreviations

Ca

Calcium

CGR

Crop growth rate

Co

Cobalt

Cu

Copper

DAS

Days after sowing

EDTA

Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid

Fe

Iron

GA

Gibberellic acid

IAA

Indole acetic acid

MgSO4

Magnesium sulfate

Mn

Manganese

NAR

Net assimilation rate

RGR

Relative growth rate

Zn

Zinc

ZnSO4

Zinc sulfate

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Niaz Ahmed
    • 1
  • Muhammad Arif Ali
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sajjad Hussain
    • 2
  • Waseem Hassan
    • 3
  • Fiaz Ahmad
    • 4
  • Subhan Danish
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Soil ScienceBahauddin Zakariya UniversityMultanPakistan
  2. 2.Department of HorticultureBahauddin Zakariya UniversityMultanPakistan
  3. 3.Department of Soil and Environmental SciencesMuhammad Nawaz Sharif University of AgricultureMultanPakistan
  4. 4.Central Cotton Research Institute MultanMultanPakistan

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