DYNAMICS OF MAGNESIUM, COPPER AND ZINC IN SOIL AND FORAGES GROWN IN SEMIARID AREAS OF SARGODHA, PAKISTAN

Article Id: ARCC547 | Page : 294 - 302
Citation :- DYNAMICS OF MAGNESIUM, COPPER AND ZINC IN SOIL AND FORAGES GROWN IN SEMIARID AREAS OF SARGODHA, PAKISTAN.Legume Research-An International Journal.2012.(35): 294 - 302
Kafeel Ahmad, Zafar Iqbal Khan, Muneeba Shaheen and Alireza Seidavi
Address : Department of Biological Sciences, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan

Abstract

This investigation results the concentration of certain essential elements (Zn, Mg and Cu) in soil and animal forages from industrial and non-industrial sites in the Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan during two consecutive seasons of the year. The purpose of this study was to check the concentration of essential elements (Zn, Mg and Cu) in soil and forages from industrial and non-industrial sites in the Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan during two consecutive seasons of the year. Mean soil and forage values decreased from summer to winter at both sites. Mean Mg concentration ranged from 7.95-45.7 mg/kg and 0.17-3.79 mg/kg of Cu while 0.29-18.5 mg/kg of Zn in forages. Cu and Zn concentrations in soil were found to be similar to critical level but Mg was higher than 30 mg/kg critical level. However, Cu, Zn and Mg concentrations in forages were below the significant level. Therefore, ruminants feeding on those forage species need continual supplementation to avoid diseases caused by deficiency of mineral elements.

Keywords

Magnesium Copper Zinc Soil Forage.

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