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Nangial Khan, Yingchun Han, Mahnoor Khan, Zhanbiao Wang, Chen Huanxuan, Lu Feng, Beifang Yang, Yabing Li

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.14( 6), 206-215, June 2019


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Zinc play vital role as micronutrient in growth and development of crop and significantly increase yield. Zinc plays special role in the physiological functions of plants and nowadays its deficiency is common in soil, especially in high phosphorus soil and also in all crops. Zinc deficiency affects plant by retarding its growth, chlorosis, spikelet sterility, decreasing number of bolls, tillers and increase crop maturity period. Plants take Zinc in zn+2 form and work as a structural component or regulatory co factor for a wide range of different enzymes and proteins in many biochemical pathways and are mostly concerned with protein metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, auxin metabolism, pollen formation, photosynthesis, sugar to starch conversion, maintenance of biological membranes and resistance to infection by certain pathogens. High pH and calcareous soil with high phosphorus intake mostly face zinc deficiency. Soils with zinc deficiency can be easily treated with zinc fertilizers to provide an adequate supply of zinc to crop. Zinc deficiency in humans and cereal grains can be increased through fortification or bio fortification.


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