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Essential Micronutrients for Cotton Production

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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.

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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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Ahmed, N., Ali, M.A., Hussain, S., Hassan, W., Ahmad, F., Danish, S. (2020). Essential Micronutrients for Cotton Production. In: Ahmad, S., Hasanuzzaman, M. (eds) Cotton Production and Uses. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-1472-2_7

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