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Growth parameters and plant biomass of tomato evaluated under different concentrations of boric acid

, Akinjide Moses Afolabi, Abiodun Mutairu Adejumo, Kehinde Adesegun Momodu
Published: 30 September 2020
Plants and Environment , Volume 2, pp 113-118; doi:10.22271/2582-3744.2020.sep.113

Abstract: The objective of this study was to investigate the growth parameters and plant biomass of tomato (Solanum lycopesicum) evaluated under different levels of boric acid, major source of boron. The treatments were; Normal nutrient solution (control, boric acid conc. = 0.000308 g l-1); nutrient solution in which the concentration of boric acid increased by the factor of 5 (boric acid x5, boric acid conc. = 0.00154 g l-1); and nutrient solution in which the concentration of boric acid was increased by the factor of 10 (boric acidx10, boric acid conc. = 0.00308 g l-1). Morphological attributes determined were shoot height, number of leaves, leaf area, shoot, leaf and root fresh and dry weight, and growth indices. Shoot height, number of leaves, leaf area, shoot, leaf and root fresh and dry weight, and growth indices in the seedlings treated with boric acid increased by factor of 10 (boric acid x10)were greater than other treatments. It can be concluded that nutrient solution of boric acid increased by a factor of ten improve the growth parameters and plant biomass of tomato.
Keywords: leaves / treatments / growth parameters / boric acid / tomato / nutrient solution / shoot / acid conc

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