Trace elements are the elements that occur in minute quantities and are necessary for proper growth, development, health and physiology of animals. Trace elements are also called micro nutrients, micro minerals.Insufficient trace elements may result in growth deficiency or even death. Some trace elements are chromium, copper, zinc, manganese etc.In biochemistry, a trace element is a dietary element that is needed in very minute quantities for the proper growth, development, and physiology of the organism. In geochemistry, a trace element is a chemical element,chromium is an trace element needed for use of sugar in the body.Iodine is an trace element needed for production of energy.
Exact needs vary among species, but commonly required plant trace elements include copper, boron, zinc, manganese, and molybdenum. Lack of a necessary plant trace element in the soil causes deficiency diseases; lack of animal trace elements in the soil may not harm plants, but, without them, animals feeding solely on those plants develop their own deficiency diseases.
Related Journals of Trace Element
Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, Trace Elements and Electrocytes, Biological Trace Element Research.