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Containerized Shortleaf Pine Seedlings Show Superior Growth and Ectomycorrhizal Development with Mist Foliar Fertilization

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Ectomycorrhizal and nonmycorrhizal shortleaf pine seedlings were grown in book planters in a greenhouse for 11 weeks. Fertilizer mixtures composed of nitrogen-zinc or nitrogen-magnesium were applied as a mist to the foliage of the seedlings or as a solution to their rooting media. Significant increases in ectomycorrhizal development and total seedling dry weight resulted from foliar fertilization. Fertilization with nitrogen-magnesium caused a significant increase in the number of ectomycorrhizal lateral roots as compared to fertilization with nitrogen-zinc.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, School of Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife, University of Missouri, Columbia

Publication date: 1979-11-01

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