From: Hal White
To: Curtis Johnson
Date: Aug 3 1998 4:53:00 am
Subject: Salt
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-> HW> There's a fellow over in "religion" maintaining that small
-> amounts (unspecified) of salt added to soil works as a
-> fertilizer  for plants..   Any comments?

CJ> I'll assume for the moment that "table salt" (sodium
-> chloride) is meant. I can't think offhand of any plant compound that
-> uses
-> sodium *or* chlorine.  (Animals, of course, use sodium in nerve
-> transmission and in the bloodstream to maintain osmolality--i.e., the
-> right pressure of fluid within cells and tissues.)  Since plants
-> can't go around looking for a drink of water whenever they need it,
-> they have the problem of keeping water in their cells and
-> tissues--IOW, avoiding wilting.
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I believe I will forward.  Thanks for the effort--very informnative.
Hope you are well.

HW.

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