Biology (11th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 1-25918-813-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-25918-813-8

Chapter 37 - Transport in Plants - Review Questions - Synthesize: 1

Answer

Excess fertilizer can lead to a low solute potential in the soil inhibiting the uptake of water by plants. This, in turn, produces wilting when the plant begins to run out of water.

Work Step by Step

Think about what fertilizer is: mineral salts. An excess of those would alter soil water potential by altering the solute term. This, in turn, affects the gradient which drives water uptake by the roots.
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