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COSTA, Candido A da et al. Mineral nutrition of Xanthosoma mafaffa under cerrado soil. Hortic. Bras. [online]. 2008, vol.26, n.1, pp. 102-106. ISSN 0102-0536. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-05362008000100020.
The aim of this work was to characterize the nutritional limitations for dry matter production of Xanthosoma mafaffa (L.) Schott. The experiment was carried out in a greenhouse with 0-20 cm samples of a Oxisol under cerrado vegetation, collected at Montes Claros, Minas Gerais State, Brazil. The cultivation was conducted in 3 L pots. The experimental design was totally randomized with 13 treatments and three replications. Treatments were based on the missing element technique (with omission of liming and each one of the macro and micronutrients). The decreasing order of treatments that more influenced the aerial dry matter production was: -liming> -P > -S > test > -B > -liming+Ca+Mg > -N > -K. The omission of Ca, Mg, Zn and Cu did not influence the aerial dry matter production. The decreasing order of treatments that influenced the root dry matter production was: -B > - Mg > -liming+Ca+Mg > -K > -N > -Zn > -liming > -S > -Cu > -Ca > -Cu > -Ca > test > -P.
Keywords : Xanthosoma mafaffa; nutrients requirement; no conventional vegetable crops.