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Title: Effect of rare earth elements on growth and nutrition of coconut palm and root competition for these elements between the palm and Calotropis gigantea
Authors: Wahid, PA
Valiathan, MS
Kamalam, NV
Eapen, JT
Vijayalakshmi, S
Prabhu, RK
Mahalingam, TR
Keywords: Plant Sciences
Issue Date: 2000
Citation: 23 ,3;329-338
Abstract: Absorption of rare earth elements (REEs) namely lanthanum (La), cerium (Ce), praseodymium (Pr), and neodymium (Nd) by coconut, competition between coconut and Calotropis gigantea L. for these elements in mixed culture and the effects of the REEs on growth and nutrition of the palm were studied in a pot culture. Ata low rate of application, REEs promoted root growth in coconut, but at a higher level, absorption of phosphorus (P) and zinc (Zn) by the palm was reduced significantly. Absorption of REEs by the palm tended to increase with increasing application rates, but the increases were not statistically significant. Although Calostropis gigantea accumulated more REEs per unit dry matter than coconut, it failed to compete effectively for REEs in mixed culture with coconut. However, in mixed culture, coconut depressed the absorption of REEs by Calostropis gigantea.
URI: 10.1080/01904160009382019
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