Research on the effects of Kappaphycus alvarezii on Tomatoes
From the Journal of Scientific & Industrial Research
Vol. 70, March 2011, pp. 215-219
Foliar application of Seaweed sap as biostimulant for enhancement of yield and qulaity of tomato (Lyopersicon esculentum Mill.)
S T Zodape1*, Abha Gupta2, S C Bhandari2, U S Rawat2, D R Chaudhary1, K Eswaran1 and J Chikara1
Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSIR(, Bhavangar 364 002, India
Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture & Technology, Rajasthan College of Agriculture, Udaipur 313 001, India
Received 18 August 2010; revised 25 January 2011; accepted 14 February 2011
Effect of Kappaphycus alvarezii sap (seaweed) on growth and yield of tomato was studied in field during kharif season of 2006-07. K. alvarezii sap, applied as a foliar spray (5.0%), increased yield of tomato fruit (60.89%) as comapred to control plants sprayed with water, attributed to increase in number of fruits per plant and size of fruit. With application of sap, fruit quality and also macro (13.24-67.50%) and micro (23.84-42.61%) elements content increase over control. Nutrient uptake by fruit and stoot was improved with foliar application of K. alvarezii sap. Plants receiving foliar applications showed resistance to leaf curl, bacerial wilt and fruit borer.
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