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Nutrients

Definition:

The approximately 20 chemical elements known to be essential for the growth of living organisms, including nitrogen, sulfur, phosphorus, and carbon.

Source: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Glossary  

More:

Micronutrients are essential nutrients that plants, humans, and animals need in very small amounts to grow, thrive, and stay healthy. They include vitamins and trace minerals such as iron, copper, and zinc.

Source: GreenFacts

Related words:

Environmental cycles - Eutrophication - Nutrient loading

Translation(s):

Deutsch: Nährstoffe
Español: Nutrientes
Français: Eléments nutritifs
Nederlands: Nutriënten

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