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Bodenmessgerät zur Ermittlung des pH-Werts im Boden wird in den Boden gesteckt, kleine Pflänzchen im Hintergrund zu erkennen

Phosphorus (P)

What is phosphorus important for?

  • Energy transport
  • Cell division
  • Nucleic acid synthesis
  • Protein synthesis
  • Component in cell membranes (phospholipids)
  • Carbohydrate metabolism

Symptoms of phosphorus deficiency

Phosphorus deficiency is shown by fewer and smaller potatoe tubers, small, dark green younger leaves, stunted plants, red colouration on stems and leaves, lower fruit quality and reduced storage potential.

Whereby phosphorus deficiency is enhanced?

  • Acidic or severely alkaline (calcareous) soil
  • Low humus content
  • Coldness or moisture
  • Crops with a poorly develop root system
  • Phosphate-fixing soil
  • High iron and aluminium content