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Uptake of phosphorus from surfactant solutions by wheat leaves: spreading kinetics, wetted area, and drying time

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Abstract

The delivery and uptake of nutrients at the surface of plant leaves is an important physicochemical phenomenon that depends on leaf surface morphology and chemistry, fertilizer formulation chemistry (including adjuvant and associated surfactants), wetting dynamics, and many other physical, chemical and biological factors. In this study, the role of spreading dynamics in determining uptake of the macronutrient phosphorus from phosphoric acid fertilizer solution in combination with three different adjuvants was measured in the absence of droplet run-off and splashing. When run-off and splashing losses were zero, spreading and drying rates had a small to negligible effect on the uptake efficiency. The results suggest that uptake may be much less sensitive to the specific choice of adjuvant and long time-scale spreading behaviour than one might intuitively expect.

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The article was received on 04 Jun 2015, accepted on 05 Oct 2015 and first published on 06 Oct 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5SM01380A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2016,12, 209-218
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    Uptake of phosphorus from surfactant solutions by wheat leaves: spreading kinetics, wetted area, and drying time

    C. A. E. Peirce, C. Priest, T. M. McBeath and M. J. McLaughlin, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 209
    DOI: 10.1039/C5SM01380A

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