Use of K/Rb Ratio to Characterize Potassium Uptake by Plant Roots Growing in Soil1
- V. C. Baligar and
- S. A. Barber2
Interaction between the plant root and the soil on cation influx into the root is not well understood. Use of the ratio of K/Rb, two ions absorbed interchangeably by the root, enables measurement of the K ion medium influencing K flux into the root. In experiments with corn (Zea mays L.) grown in eight soil-K systems in a growth chamber, the K/Rb ratio of uptake was similar to the K/Rb ratio of the ions on the exchange sites, and not the K/Rb ratio of the solution cations. The data may be interpreted to indicate that K and Rb on the exchange sites had more influence on K and Rb flux into the root than K and Rb in solution. Diffusion of K and Rb from the soil to H-saturated exchange membranes was in the ratio of K/Rb in solution.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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