law of minimum

law of minimum

[′lȯ əv ′min·ə·məm]
(biology)
The law that those essential elements for which the ratio of supply to demand (A / N) reaches a minimum will be the first to be removed from the environment by life processes; it was proposed by J. von Liebig, who recognized phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium as minimum in the soil; in the ocean the corresponding elements are phosphorus, nitrogen, and silicon. Also known as Liebig's law of minimum.
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And even if it is approved, the law of minimum age needs nearly two years to come into effect, experts and activists said.