Mehlich 3 extractant used for the evaluation of wheat-available phosphorus and zinc in calcareous soilsář O., Balík J., Kulhánek M., Černý J., Kos M. (2018): Mehlich 3 extractant used for the evaluation of wheat-available phosphorus and zinc in calcareous soils. Plant Soil Environ., 64: 53-57.
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Relation between wheat (Triticum aestivum) nutritional status determined at the beginning of stem elongation and during anthesis, respectively, and available content of phosphorus (P-M3) and zinc (Zn-M3) determined by the Mehlich 3 extractant was studied. Both one-year pot experiment with spring wheat and two-year on-farm trials with winter wheat were run on various calcareous soils (pH values of 7.18–7.94, median 7.80, P-M3 1–289 ppm, median 54, and Zn-M3 2–14 ppm, median 4), in the Czech Republic (Central Europe). Phosphorus nutrition index (ratio of phosphorus concentration in shoot biomass to critical phosphorus concentration – Pc) was calculated using the Belanger et al.’s model: Pc = –0.677 + 0.221N – 0.00292N(2), where both phosphorus and nitrogen concentrations were expressed in g/kg shoot dry matter. Unlike phosphorus concentration in shoot biomass, phosphorus nutrition index significantly correlated with P-M3 content in soil. Optimal values of the phosphorus nutrition index were recorded if P-M3 was 51–68 ppm. Zinc concentration in shoot biomass more strongly correlated with P:Zn ratio (M3) in soil compared to Zn-M3 content in soil. P:Zn ratio in shoot biomass of 130:1 did not lead to phosphorus deficiency and corresponded to P:Zn (M3) ratio in soil of 9.3:1–14.3:1.
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