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The status of Zn, Cu, Mn, and Fe in the soils and Tea- Leaves' of-Kibena -'Tea. Estates, Njombe, Tanzania

Show simple item record Kitundu, K.M.B. Mrema, J.P. 2017-12-21T08:23:08Z 2017-12-21T08:23:08Z 2006
dc.description Tanzania Journal of Agricultural Sciences 2006, Vol.7(1) : 34-41 en_US
dc.description.abstract A study was undertaken to assess Zn,- Cu;- Mn, and Fe status of the soils and tea plants at Kibena Teat Estates in Njombe, Tanzania. Low yields oltea in these estates pro,mpted this study to identifY some of the constraints to tea production. Twenty four composite soil samples were randomly collected to a 'depth of 0-40cm from the six divisions of the Kibena Tea Estates, namely; North, Lihogosa, Kilole/o; -Central, Matombololo, and [tambo. -The third leaf of the tea plants were harvestedJrom plants close to where the soils were sampled. The soils and leaves were analyzedfor available and contents ofZn, Cu, Mn/and Fe, respectively. DTPA extract' able Zn and Cu were consistently low"in almost all the soil samples, which ranged from 0.08 to 0.93 mg Znkg,J and 0.04 to 0.34 mg.Cukg~J soil. On the other hands, Fe and Mn were sufficientfor the tea plants and ranged from '26. 88 to 60.28 mg Fekg'J and 7.65 to 31.18 mg Mnkg'J soil. The plant leaf Mn, and Zn were above the critical levels in most of the plant samples, a reflection of their high contents in the soils and foliar application at a rate of 2 kgha,J, respectively. Although Fe was observed to be sufficient in soils, it was poorly reflected in tea leaves of which 65.22% of samples were deficient. This phenomena is explained by high levels of Zn in tea leaves which reduces the uptake of Fe from soils. The low content of Cu in leaves are consequences of low level of extractable Cu in soils .and - high levels of Fe in soils which induces Cu deficiency. The availability of Cu, Zn, Mn and Fe were largely controlled by the pH of the soils which ranged from 4.01 to 5.51. Application ofCu and Znfertilizers were recommended as soil fertility management strategies for sustainable tea production at the Kibena Tea Estates en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Zinc en_US
dc.subject Copper en_US
dc.subject Manganese en_US
dc.subject Iron en_US
dc.subject DTPA --extractable en_US
dc.title The status of Zn, Cu, Mn, and Fe in the soils and Tea- Leaves' of-Kibena -'Tea. Estates, Njombe, Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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