The main symptom is leaf chlorosis. Individual leaves will become pale and yellow. In cereals, yellow discoloration from the leaf tip creates a “V” shape.
Nitrogen is a macronutrient that all plants need and is a key component in many important organic compounds such as amino acids, nucleic acids, and proteins.
Nitrogen uptake in plants occurs in the form of NO3− (ammonium nitrate), NH4+ from the soil, or N2 from the atmosphere with the aid of nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
All in all, the total content of nitrogen varies from 2 to 4% in dry plant matter.