Use of some biostimulants to improve the growth and chemical constituents of sweet pepper

Authors

  • Rabab Maraei Natural Products Dept., National Center for Radiation Research and Technology, Atomic Energy Authority, P.O. 29, Nasr City, Cairo- Egypt, Tel.: + 202-22749298 https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3295-8806
  • Noha Eliwa Natural Products Dept., National Center for Radiation Research and Technology, Atomic Energy Authority, P.O. 29, Nasr City, Cairo- Egypt, Tel.: + 202-22749298
  • Amina Aly Natural Products Dept., National Center for Radiation Research and Technology, Atomic Energy Authority, P.O. 29, Nasr City, Cairo- Egypt, Tel.: + 202-22749298

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5219/1131

Keywords:

sweet pepper, fulvic acid, algae, vegetative growth, fruit characteristics

Abstract

The experiment was conducted during two successive seasons 2016 and 2017 on sweet pepper plants to study the effect of foliar application of some natural extracts (fulvic acid at 2, 4 and 6% or algae at 1, 2 and 4 g.L-1) were applied three times along each season (after 2, 4 and 6 weeks of planting). The influence was evaluated through the response of vegetative growth, and some physical and chemical characteristics of sweet pepper fruits. The results obtained showed that the algae extract at 1 g.L-1 in most cases was better than the other spray treatments investigated to improve most fruit characteristics (length, diameter and yield of fruits), vegetative growth, and chemical properties followed by 6% fulvic acid. With regard to organic acids, malic and citric acids are the main organic acids found in sweet pepper. Malic, succinic and glutaric acids were higher in 1 g.L-1 algae extract treatment, but the concentration of citric acid was higher in 6% fulvic acid treatment. Therefore, algae extract and fulvic acid could be safely recommended as a natural biostimulants application for improving most desirable characteristics of sweet pepper grown under the same experimental condition.

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Published

2019-07-28

How to Cite

Maraei, R., Eliwa, N., & Aly, A. . (2019). Use of some biostimulants to improve the growth and chemical constituents of sweet pepper. Potravinarstvo Slovak Journal of Food Sciences, 13(1), 553–561. https://doi.org/10.5219/1131