Problem Set 3 Q2

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Q. Does chemical weathering of primary minerals release available P such as orthophosphate ions (H2PO4- and HPO42-)?
A. Yes, the weathering of primary minerals does release plant-available forms of P (ie H2PO4- and HPO42-), but this is a very slow process.

Q. Is it correct that the principle way of P uptake is in the form of Phosphate ions?
A. Yes, plants can ONLY take P (and any other element) in ionic form.

Q. Are organic residues plant available P?
A. No, organic compounds containing P, are not directly available to plants. ALL organic compounds need to be decomposed (ie mineralized) by soil organisms and through that decomposition organic forms of elements (eg P) need to be transformed into ionic (or mineral) form that is available to plants.

MajaKrzic (talk)20:47, 26 April 2020

Hi Maja,

On Problem Set 3, I indicated that only inorganic P would be plant available (i.e., #2e - False) but this response was marked wrong. I am confused.


AmyMays (talk)21:38, 26 April 2020

Prob Set #3 Q2e) Organic residues are a major source of plant available P in soil. The key word is source; i.e. the question does not say that organic P is plant available but that plant available P is derived from organic residues.

SandraBrown (talk)21:52, 26 April 2020