Effects of Plant Nutrients on Uptake of Radiostrontium by Thatcher Wheat

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Science  16 Jun 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3468, pp. 1921-1922
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3468.1921


The effects of various dosages of ammonium dihydrogen phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium chloride, and potassium chloride on the uptake of radiostrontium by Thatcher wheat grown in Saskatchewan Oxbow loam soil containing strontium-85 were studied. Monocalcium phosphate at a dose level of about 600 lb/acre of soil effected a statistically significant reduction of strontium-85 uptake in each of the four plant fractions of grain, chaff, stem, and leaf. At the very reasonable dosage of about 60 lb/acre, monocalcium phosphate gave a statistically significant reduction in strontium-85 uptake in the grain and chaff.