Journal of plant nutrition vol:21 issue:10 pages:2115-2125
In the past, a large number of standard nutrient solutions has been devised. To investigate if there is an essential difference between these standard solutions, the mineral composition of 12 standard nutrient solutions formulated between 1865 and 1994 are compared with each other. Half of these standard solutions contain ammonium (NH4+) in a millimolar range. The effect of elemental speciation of the micronutrients in the 12 standard solutions on bioavailability is compared. The macronutrient composition is represented in trilinear coordinates, making a clear comparison of the proportions of both the cations and the anions possible. Also the pH and the total amount of ions present are compared.