Glyphosate effects on plant mineral nutrition, crop rhizosphere microbiota, and plant disease in glyphosate-resistant crops

J Agric Food Chem. 2012 Oct 24;60(42):10375-97. doi: 10.1021/jf302436u. Epub 2012 Oct 15.


Claims have been made recently that glyphosate-resistant (GR) crops sometimes have mineral deficiencies and increased plant disease. This review evaluates the literature that is germane to these claims. Our conclusions are: (1) although there is conflicting literature on the effects of glyphosate on mineral nutrition on GR crops, most of the literature indicates that mineral nutrition in GR crops is not affected by either the GR trait or by application of glyphosate; (2) most of the available data support the view that neither the GR transgenes nor glyphosate use in GR crops increases crop disease; and (3) yield data on GR crops do not support the hypotheses that there are substantive mineral nutrition or disease problems that are specific to GR crops.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biological Availability
  • Crops, Agricultural / drug effects*
  • Crops, Agricultural / metabolism
  • Crops, Agricultural / microbiology
  • Glycine / analogs & derivatives*
  • Glycine / pharmacokinetics
  • Glycine / pharmacology
  • Herbicides / pharmacokinetics
  • Herbicides / pharmacology*
  • Minerals / metabolism*
  • Plant Diseases*


  • Herbicides
  • Minerals
  • glyphosate
  • Glycine