A comparison of methods for measuring phytotoxicity from foliar sprays of ammonium nitrate Academic Article uri icon


  • In a series of experiments, plants of Salvia spiendens ’St. John's Fire’ were sprayed to run-off with NH4N03 solutions that varied from 0.10–1.87 M (0.8–15.0% NH4N03). Damage to young fully expanded leaves was determined by measuring percent visually estimated necrosis, leakage of UV (264 nrn) absorbing constituents, K, Ca and phosphate, and post-treatment dry weight;fresh weight ratio. The average correlation coefficient of percent visually estimated necrosis was 0.992 with leakage of UV absorbing constituents, 0.956 with leakage of phosphate, 0.951 with dry weighfcfresh weight ratio, 0.919 with leakage of Ca and 0.741 with leakage of K. Leakage of UV absorbing constituents consistently provided the best correlation with the visual degree of leaf burn. © 1989, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Plant Nutrition

author list (cited authors)

  • Lee, L. W., & Reed, D. W

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Lee, Leland W||Reed, David Wm

publication date

  • June 1989