Variation in magnesium accumulation might occur for different cultivars or plant selections
within a species. In a 2-year study with field-grown tomato plants in an acid soil, magnesium concentration
of leaves was significantly greater in cultivar 'Walter' (1.1%) than in 'Better Boy'
(0.9%) in a dry, warm year, but no differences (average 0.6%) occurred between the cultivars in
a wetter, cooler year that followed (182)
. Mullins and Burmester (183)
noted that cotton cultivars
differed in concentrations of magnesium in leaves and burs under nonirrigated conditions.
Differences in magnesium concentrations in different cultivars of Bermuda grass (Cynodon
dactylon Pers.) have been reported (184)
. Rosa et al. (185)
suggested that variation in calcium,
magnesium, and sulfur among broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica Plenck) varieties justifies
selection of a particular cultivar to increase dietary intake of these elements. Likewise, in
different wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) (170)
and barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) (171)
aluminum tolerance was associated with the ability to take up and accumulate magnesium under
conditions of relatively high aluminum concentrations (1.35 to 16.20 mg L-1
) in the rhizosphere.