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Concerning degradation of the Krebs cycle by an excess of

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Concerning degradation of the Krebs cycle by an excess of citiric acid in mitochondria, what mechanisms will cause the citric acid excess? is it possible to cause the citric acid excess by adding dilute citric acid to the soil?I realize that this question requires a botanist but there is no professional category that is close.Thanks
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Expert:  Mr. Gregory White replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Greg,I'm investigating the potential use of citric acid to damage weeds. I've found a couple of references to this possibility (quoted below) and I'm looking for means to introduce an excess of citric acid into a plant/weed. I'm assuming that adding citric acid to the soil around the plant/weed will do the trick but I'm looking for confirmation."Citric acid is a corrosive agent and will therefore burn through seeds, which may ultimately prevent them from germinating. Adding too much acid to the soil will create acidic soil, which will acidify any water added to the soil. The acid may burn the plant's root system when it is absorbed, leading to inefficient nutrient absorption and eventual death." -"The Krebs Cycle, or Citric Acid Cycle, is used by plants to convert various citric acids into phosphates, which serve as a source of energy for the cell. The cycle relies on a delicate supply of citric acid, which it converts to citrate. Too much citric acid in the water of a plant may interrupt this cycle or lead to excess phosphates." -"If the citric acid balance is offset, then the krebs cycle will be disrupted. Essentially, an increase in acidity will cause a buildup of acid. Accordingly, there is then an inadequate supply of oxygen and this creates a hypoxic condition, preventing the complete aerobic metabolism of glucose. Overall, unbalanced acidity will lead to an inappropriate amount of hydrogen ions, which then alters how much ATP is used and made." - asciandwildlifebio (JustAnswer tutor) in response to previous question.
Expert:  Mr. Gregory White replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for your effort.