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Effects of Different Humic Acids on Growth and Fruit Quality of Tomato Plant
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Effects of Different Humic Acids on Growth and Fruit Quality of Tomato Plant
Kim, Hong-Gi; Seo, Dong-Cheol; Cheong, Yong-Hwa; Kang, Chang-Sun; Sohn, Bo-Kyoon; Lee, Do-Jin; Kang, Jong-Gu; Park, Moon-Su; Heo, Jong-Soo; Kim, Bong-Su; Cho, Ju-Sik;
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In greenhouse farming, a variety of humic acids have been applied to improve soil conditions and plant growth. However, it is still unclear that how humic acids combined with chemical fertilizers affect growth and quality of fruit vegetable crops. This study was conducted to determine the combination effect of humic acids and chemical fertilizers on the growth and fruit quality of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum MILL.) grown under greenhouse conditions. Three different formulation types of humic acid were used: liquid type A, liquid type B and solid type C. The tomato plants were grown in three treatment combination plots and in conventional fertilizer (CF) plot with recommended levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium: HA combined with CF (HA+CF), HB combined with CF (HB+CF) and HC combined with CF (HC+CF). For most of growth characteristics (i.e. leaf number, internode length, maximum leaf length, leaf width and chlorophyll contents) determined in this experiment, no significant differences were observed between all combination treatments and CF. However, integrated fruit qualities (i.e. averaged weight, sugar contents and acidity) were slightly improved in the humic acid combined with CF treatments when compared with CF alone treatment. No phytotoxicity was observed with humic acid treatments. However, further studies will probably be needed to use widely and safely these humic acids, in order to ensure a maximizing growth, fruit yield and quality of tomato.
humic acid;chemical fertilizer;conventional fertilizer;tomato;
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