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The relationship between values of 85Sr concentration ratios (CRs) and exchangeable bases, expressed in absolute (mmol/kg) or relative (percentage of cation exchange capacity (CEC)) terms, was considered using the results of a glasshouse pot experiment conducted in 1989, for soils and crops of Greece. Exchangeable calcium, expressed in mmol/kg, presented, in most instances, a significant (P = 0·05–0·01) or highly significant (P < 0·01) negative correlation with the CRs of various crops or plant parts, while exchangeable calcium plus magnesium or total exchangeable bases (expressed also in mmol/kg) showed an even better correlation (higher values of r, lower variability). Expression of the amounts of exchangeable bases in relative terms further improved the correlation coefficient in each comparison. The correlations between the percentage of exchangeable (Ca + Mg) or exchangeable bases and CRs, which were always negative, were significant or highly significant for all tested crops or plant parts. The correlation between CRs and soil properties was greatest for exchangeable (Ca + Mg) expressed as a percentage of CEC (r = -0·92) and followed the order: Exchangeable (Ca + Mg) as % of CEC ≈ exchangeable bases as % of CEC ≈ exchangeable (Ca + Mg) in mmol/kg ≈ exchangeable bases in mmol/kg > exchangeable Ca as % of CEC > exchangeable Ca in mmol/kg.
Quantitative relationships between CRs of the tested crops or plant parts and exchangeable calcium plus magnesium (% of CEC) of soils are also presented.