Micronutrients vs Macronutrients
(Difference between Micronutrients and Macronutrients in Plants)
Nutrients are chemical substances required for the proper growth and functioning of all living organisms including plants and animals. The nutrients are also called essential elements because, in the absence of these chemicals, plants and animals cannot complete their life cycle. Important nutrients required by the plants for their proper growth are C, H, O, N, P, K, Cs, S, Mg, Fe, Mn, Cu, Zn, Mo, B, Cl and Ni. Except for C, H and O, all other nutrients are absorbed from soil as inorganic ions by the root cells.
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In Plants, the nutrients are classified into two categories based on how much quantity they are required by the cells. They are (1) Micronutrients and (2) Macronutrients.
Micronutrients: These nutrients are required in very less amount when compared to macronutrients. Micronutrients of plants are Fe, Mn, Cu, Zn, Mo, B, Cl and Ni.
Macronutrients: These nutrients are required in relatively large amounts for the proper functions of the cells. C, H, O, N, P, K, Cs, S and Mg are the macronutrients of plants. Among these, C, H, and O are NOT absorbed from the soil by root. N, P and K are called Primary nutrients. Ca, S and Mg are called Secondary nutrients.