The Plant Nutrient Content of Rainwater

Author: Allen, S.E.; Carlisle, A.; White, E.J.; Evans, C.C.

Description: The chemistry of rainwater has been studied since the beginning of the nineteenth century, but most of the work has been concerned with sodium, chlorine and sulphur. A recent survey of the chemical composition of rainfall has been carried out in north-western Europe. This work has not been primarily concerned with the major plant nutrients although some have been included. In the past 15 years, however, it has been clearly shown that rainfall nutrients play an important part in the nutrient cycle of ecosystems on oligotrophic sites. The nutrients in the rainfall usually represent an income to the system although in some circumstances they include recycled dust.

Subject headings: Rain; Plant nutrition; Sodium; Calcium; Nutrient cycle; Phosphorus; Nutrients; Nitrogen; Precipitation; Standard error

Publication year: 1968

Journal or book title: The Journal of Ecology

Volume: 56

Issue: 2

Pages: 497-504

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Type: Journal Article

Serial number: 1850