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Types of abiotic problems that can occur

Plant injuries and diseases can arise from any of the following abiotic, or nonliving, environmental stresses:

  • Total salinity exceeding a plant's tolerance level
  • Concentrations of one or more specific ions or elements — principally boron, chloride ion, and sodium ion — exceeding a plant's tolerance levels
  • Water deficit
  • Water excess, which often leads to aeration deficit
  • Nutrient deficit
  • pH of soil higher than plant can tolerate (alkaline soil)
  • Air pollutants
  • Herbicides
  • Temperatures lower or higher than plant can tolerate
  • Too much or too little sunlight for plant to tolerate
  • Wind damage
  • Mechanical injuries — for example, damage to plants from construction activities
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