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Some Historical Quotes - Plant Nutrition
For each of the following quotes, identify: (a) why the idea could sound
reasonable; and (b) the misconception(s) expressed in the quote.
The�the roots of plants are similar to the mouths of animals, both serving
for the absorption of food.
Aristotle (ca. 335 BC)
The leaf serves as a mother to every branch and fruit by bringing them the
water of the rains and the moisture of the dew that falls, there at night
from above, and it often takes from them the excessive heat from the sun's
Leonardo da Vinci (ca. 1490)
agreed that all the following materials contribute in some manner to the
growth of plants but 'tis disputed which of them really causes the growth,
i.e,�is its food: 1. Minerals; 2. Water; 3. Air; 4. Fire (i.e., heat
from the sun); 5. Earth.
Jethro Tull (ca 1735)
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