Calcium is Critical for Animal and Plant Health
Calcium is crucial for the cell strength.
Since calcium is the most immobile of all minerals and consequently, it is deficient in most plants. The most common reasons for calcium deficiency are excess of nitrogen, potassium, and magnesium that inhibit calcium intake.
Calcium deficiency may occur in soils with low base saturation or high acid content. In soils with insufficient Ca levels, the yield and quality of crops can be decreased, resulting in costly economic losses.
Deficiency symptoms first appear in the newly emerging leaves (see the picture) or developing tissues, while older leaves may contain sufficient concentrations of Ca.
Calcium deficiency affects the development of cell wall,1 and is characterized by necrosis of the tips of roots and young leaves or developing tissues (see the picture below).