Plant Tissue Analysis

Plant Tissue Analysis Provides The Most Accurate Data Which Determine The Nutrient Needs Of The Crop


Unlike soil testing that measures only the amount of nutrients in the soil, plant tissue testing provides information about the actual concentration of nutrients taken up by the crop. This allows the grower to see whether or not a fertilizer program is working. It also can help him find areas of the field that need more or less fertilizer.

Along with diagnosing nutrient deficiency, tissue testing can be used to detect other problems such as disease or insect damage. It can also reveal the presence of excessive levels of certain chemicals and even some heavy metals.

The most common application of plant tissue analysis is to monitor the results of a current season’s nutrient program. This can allow the grower to fine-tune his application rates and timing. It can also help him spot problems that might otherwise go unnoticed, such as an excess of nitrogen in corn or a low level of magnesium in soybeans.

As Per the Report statistics by Coherent Market Insights, Global Plant Tissue Analysis Market is estimated to be valued at US$ 228.2 million in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period (2023-2030). The Plant Tissue Analysis Market is a growing sector within the agriculture industry. It involves the analysis of plant tissues to assess nutrient levels, diagnose nutrient deficiencies, and identify stress responses and disease resistance. The market’s expansion is driven by the increasing demand for precision agriculture and sustainable crop management practices.

The analytical results are interpreted by comparing the observed plant concentrations to previously established critical values and sufficiency ranges for each nutrient. These ranges are determined from the nutrient uptake rate of various plants at different stages of development and growth. The specific reference tissue for most crops is the middle rib-marrow leaflet (MRML) or, in some cases, the whole leaf (blade and petiole).

It is important to realize that interpreting a plant sample requires more than just knowing what the numbers mean. The nutrient concentrations in the plant vary with the part of the plant being sampled, stage of growth, hybrid, and climatic conditions. These factors are what make it difficult to develop accurate relationships between the soil nutrient supply and the plant concentration of each element at a given time and place in any one year.

A nutrient’s critical value or sufficiency range is generally defined by the concentration below which yields decrease and/or deficiency symptoms appear. A nitrate (nitrogen) deficiency will cause the leaves to turn yellow and wilt. Nitrate deficiencies should be diagnosed early as by the time the symptoms are visible, the optimum yield may have already been lost.

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Although not as common, the results of plant tissue tests can also be useful in determining the availability of other elements such as sulfur, molybdenum, chlorine and aluminum. Nutrient interactions are often revealed by studying the effects of a particular nutrient on other nutrients.

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