Leaf manganese accumulation and phosphorus-acquisition efficiency

Hans Lambers, Patrick Hayes, Etienne Laliberté, Rafael Oliveira, Benjamin Turner

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    © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Plants that deploy a phosphorus (P)-mobilising strategy based on the release of carboxylates tend to have high leaf manganese concentrations ([Mn]). This occurs because the carboxylates mobilise not only soil inorganic and organic P, but also a range of micronutrients, including Mn. Concentrations of most other micronutrients increase to a small extent, but Mn accumulates to significant levels, even when plants grow in soil with low concentrations of exchangeable Mn availability. Here, we propose that leaf [Mn] can be used to select for genotypes that are more efficient at acquiring P when soil P availability is low. Likewise, leaf [Mn] can be used to screen for belowground functional traits related to nutrient-acquisition strategies among species in low-P habitats.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83-90
    JournalTrends in Plant Science
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015


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