Article: Possible use of Spirulina and Klamath algae as biostimulants in Portulaca grandiflora (Moss Rose)

Domenico Prisa *

CREA Research Centre for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Via dei Fiori 8, 51012 Pescia, PT, Italy.

 

Research Article
World Journal of Advanced Research and Reviews, 2019, 03(02), 001–006.
Article DOI: 10.30574/wjarr.2019.3.2.0053
Publication history:
Received on 20 August 2019; revised on 03 September 2019; accepted on 09 September 2019
Abstract:
The aim of the experiment was to evaluate the use and influence of Spirulina and Klamath algae on the growth, flowering, germination and mineral absorption of Portulaca grandiflora plants. The 3 experimental groups in cultivation were: (1) group without algae (CTRL), irrigated with water and previously fertilized substrate; (2) spirulina group (SPR) and fertilized substrate; (3) Klamath group (KLT) and fertilized substrate. The test showed a significant increase in the agronomic parameters analysed in plants treated with Spirulina and Klamath algae. In fact, all plants treated with (SPR and KLT) showed a significant increase in plant height and number of stems, number and diameter of flowers, vegetative and roots weight, number of leaves and flowering time. The test showed that the use of Spirulina and Klamath in the culture medium can significantly influence the germination of the Portulaca grandiflora and resulted in a significant increase in chlorophyll content and improved absorption of NPK. These results could be of interest to growers who want to improve the quality of their ornamental crops by using products that are easy to manage and not harmful to the environment.
Keywords:
Succulent; Plant nutrition; Algae; Root growth; Abiotic stress; Biological fertility
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How to cite this article:
Domenico P. (2019). Possible use of Spirulina and Klamath algae as biostimulants in Portulaca grandiflora (Moss Rose). World Journal of Advanced Research and Reviews, 3(2), 01-06.

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