Functions of Zinc
Zn plays a vital role in several plant physiological functions. Carbohydrate, protein, and chlorophyll formation is significantly reduced in zinc-deficient plants. Zinc deficiency is common on calcareous, high pH, eroded and land-levelled soils.
Zinc is also an essential nutrient for animals, functioning in enzyme systems and being involved in protein synthesis, carbohydrate metabolism, and many other biochemical reactions. A Zinc deficiency causes different pathological changes, including skin parakeratosis, reduced or cessation of growth, general debility, lethargy, and increased susceptibility to infection.
In surface and groundwater, Zn enters the environment from various sources but predominately from the erosion of soil particles containing Zn. In excess amounts, Zinc is toxic for micro-organisms.
Sings of Zinc deficiency in animals
Signs of Zinc deficiency in plants
|Skin parakeratosis||Reduced growth|
|Reduced growth||Stunned roots|
|Low fertility in males||Fungal diseases|
|Slow calving||Malformed leaves|
|Scabs on teats||Leaves with chlorosis|
|Lethargy||Leaves with necrotic spots|