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What are the symptoms of Iron deficiency and excess in plants

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20 July 2023, New Delhi: Plants absorb various nutrients to grow. Any imbalance in nutrients may affect the final produce. Hence, a thorough examination of the growing plant can help in identifying particular nutrient stress. Typical signs may show up if a plant is deficient in a specific nutrient. A nutritional deficiency does not immediately result in symptoms. Instead, the regular plant processes are disturbed, leading to an overabundance of some intermediate organic molecules and a deficiency in others. This results in abnormalities that are later recognized as symptoms. 

Symptoms of Iron deficiency and excess in plants

Deficiency

Interveinal chlorosis will occur on the emerging and young leaves with eventual bleaching of the new growth. When severe, the entire plant may be light green.

Excess

Bronzing of leaves with tiny brown spots on the leaves, a typical symptom frequently occurs with rice.

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