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Justus von Liebig (1803—1873) German chemist and teacher

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Liebig's law of the minimum


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The concept first stated by J. von Liebig in 1840, that the rate of growth of a plant, the size to which it grows, and its overall health depend on the amount of the scarcest of its essential nutrients that is available to it. This concept is now broadened into a general model of limiting factors for all organisms, including the limiting effects of excesses of chemical nutrients and other environmental factors. See also Shelford's law of tolerance.


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