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Silicon to the Rescue!

Silicon: The  Most Under-appreciated Element in Horticultural Crops

 

The  most  debatable  and studied  element  over  decades  contributing  to the betterment of agricultural as well  as horticultural crops is silicon (Si).  Soilless cultures  used  in horticultural plant production are devoid of this under-appreciated element  (Si).  Supplementation  of Si to such crops through sub-irrigation or foliar spray has improved plant architecture.  Silicon has been responsible for enhancing growth of various plants by providing mechanical strength  on accumulation. Silicon application has been shown to enhance plant metabolism and leaf chlorophyll content and mitigate nutrient imbalance and metal toxicity in plants.  It reinforces the plants  and makes them tolerant to environmental stresses  such as salt, drought and frost and protects them against pathogens and insects. Hence,  addition of Si to the nutrient solution of plants has been an  added advantage to the horticultural industry. The purpose of this review is to summarize the reports on  effects  of Si on horticultural crops  which will  further help to explore these plants to some  extent….Click here for more

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