Shoot and root growth of rice seedlings as affected by soil and foliar zinc applications
Phuphong, Piyawan and Çakmak, İsmail and Yazıcı, Mustafa Atilla and Rerkasem, Benjavan and Prom-u-Thai, Chanakan (2020) Shoot and root growth of rice seedlings as affected by soil and foliar zinc applications. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 43 (9). pp. 1259-1267. ISSN 0190-4167 (Print) 1532-4087 (Online)
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01904167.2020.1730900
The present study investigated how foliar zinc (Zn) application affects seedling growth and Zn concentration of rice grown in a Zn-deficient calcareous soil with different soil Zn treatments. Seeds were sown in soil with five rates of Zn (0, 0.02, 0.1, 0.5 and 5.0 mg kg(-1) soil) with and without foliar application of 0.5% ZnSO4. Seedlings were harvested at 35 days and separated into (i) the youngest leaves, (ii) the remaining shoot parts and (iii) roots. In soil with no Zn supply, shoot and root dry weight of the rice seedlings were significantly increased by foliar and soil Zn treatments. Plant growth was not clearly increased in low soil Zn treatments, while at each soil Zn treatment, foliar Zn application promoted growth of plants. Plants with adequate Zn supply had the highest Zn concentrations in the youngest leaf. Foliar Zn spray improved Zn concentration of the new growth formed after foliar spraying which shows that Zn is phloem mobile and moved from treated leaves into youngest new leaves. The results indicate clearly in rice seedlings that shoot growth shows more responsive to low Zn than the root growth. The results obtained in the present study are of great interest for proper rice growth in Zn-deficient calcareous soils but needs to be confirmed in other rice genotypes.
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