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The most common anion antagonism is between Cl- and NO3-. High Cl supply in the nutrient medium lowers the nitrate uptake and vice versa (Mengel and Kirkby, 1987). The anionic interactions between NO3 and Cl have been interpreted as non-specific replacement effects and not as carrier competition processes (Mengel and Kirkby, 1987).

The antagonism between NO3 and Cl uptake was demonstrated in avocado (Wiesman, 1995; Bar et al, 1997), barley (Smith, 1973; Glass and Siddiqi, 1985), broccoli (Liu and Shelp, 1996), citrus (Chapman and Liebig, 1940; Banuls et al, 1990, 1997; Bar et al, 1997; Cerezo et al, 1997), corn (Imas, 1991), kiwifruit (Smith et al, 1987), melon and lettuce (Feigin, 1985; Wei et al, 1989), groundnut (Wang et al, 1989; Leidi et al, 1992), potato (James et al, 1970), strawberry (Wang et al, 1989), tobacco (Fuqua et al, 1976), tomato (Kafkafi et al, 1982; Zabala, 1984; Feigin et al, 1987) and wheat (Wang et al, 1989; Silberbush and Lips, 1991).

Increasing concentrations of NO3 linearly decreased Cl concentrations in plants (Kafkafi et al, 2001). An increase of 1 mmol NO3 g-1 dry matter prevented the accumulation of 2,38 mmol Cl g-1 dry matter in the tomato plant (Kafkafi et al, 1982). The inhibition of NO3 uptake by Cl depends on the plant species and the concentrations of both NO3 and Cl in the uptake medium (Cerezo et al, 1997). In root cells, the high-affinity, saturable system for NO3 uptake that operates at small NO3 concentrations (Siddiqi et al, 1990) is inhibited by high external Cl, whereas the low-affinity linear system that operates at high NO3 concentrations seems to be inhibited by high internal Cl (Cerezo et al, 1997). The competition of Cl versus NO3 was found to be stronger in salt-sensitive plants, such as groundnut, than in salt-tolerant plants, such as cotton (Leidi et al, 1992).

The Cl content of citrus leaves was 27-39 g kg-1 dry matter in NO3-deficient plants and only 5,3 g kg-1 dry matter in plants with an ample NO3 supply (Adler and Wilcox, 1995). In kiwi fruit, the severity of leaf necrosis following KCl application was attributed not to Cl toxicity but rather to N deficiency, enhanced by competition between Cl and NO3 (Buwalda and Smith, 1991).


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