Molybdenum (Mo) is a trace element found in the soil and is required for the synthesis and activity of the enzyme nitrate reductase.

Importance of Molybdenum

  • It is involved in forming an enzyme which enables plants to use nitrates from the soil
  • It is also involved in forming an enzyme that enables some plants to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere

Molybdenum deficiency

Owing to the strong link to nitrogen, molybdenum deficiency symptoms in plants resembles nitrogen deficiency. Most soils can provide sufficient quantities, however in acidic soils it is not available to plants even if there is sufficient molybdenum in the soil.

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