• Carol J. Lovatt
  • W. M. Dugger
Part of the Biochemistry of the Elements book series (BOTE, volume 3)


Boron is the only nonmetal in a family otherwise comprised of active metals, Group III A of the periodic table. As expected, boron exhibits bonding and structural characteristics intermediate to both. Like carbon (atomic number 6), boron (atomic number 5) has a tendency to form double bonds and macromolecules. In addition, there are several features that are more or less unique to boron and this group of elements. These include electron-deficient molecules (such as boron trifluoride) and bridge bonds (such as those in diborane, B2H6). These tendencies have formed the basis for the many hypotheses attempting to predict the mode of action of boron as a nutrient essential to the metabolism of vascular plants (Section 17.2.1), as a toxicant to animals (Section 17.1.5), and for achieving boron accumulation in cancer cells (Section 17.1.8).


Pollen Tube Cotton Fiber Cucurbita Pepo Pyrimidine Nucleotide Boron Deficiency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol J. Lovatt
    • 1
  • W. M. Dugger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Botany and Plant SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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