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Lesson 1 – In Search of Essential Nutrients

All organisms must take in matter from their environment in order to survive. There are 92 naturally occurring elements on Earth. Only a minority of them is needed by...

Introductory Video

Dr. Don Flaten, Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba introduces the lesson:


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Related Links

Periodic Table of Crop Nutrients

Periodic Table of Crop Nutrients

Thanks to our friends from Mosaic, this interactive plant nutrient periodic table details the role of each nutrient in plants. It displays real world information and photos on each nutrient that crop producers would use to help solve an issue in their crops.

International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI)

A not-for-profit, science-based organization dedicated to the responsible management of plant nutrition for the benefit of the human family.

Crop Nutrients Council

The Crop Nutrients Council’s mission is to promote science-based best management practices for crop nutrients that enhance both the economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture.

Phosphorus for Life

White paper produced by the Crop Nutrients Council