Growth Responses of Eggplant (Solanum melongena) to Hydrophilic Polymer Mixture Ratio in Growing Medium for Lower Maintenance Urban Agriculture via Green Roofs

옥상 내 저관리 도시농업에서 친수성 중합체 배합비에 따른 가지(Solanum melongena)의 생육반응

  • Ju, Jin-Hee (Department of Green Technology Convergence, College of Science Technology, Konkuk University) ;
  • Kim, Won-Tae (Department of Environment and Landscape Architecture, Cheonan Yonam College) ;
  • Xu, Hui (Department of Forest Science, Graduate School, Konkuk University) ;
  • Yoon, Young-Han (Department of Green Technology Convergence, College of Science Technology, Konkuk University) ;
  • Choi, Eun-Young (Department of Agricultural Sciences, Korea National Open University)
  • 주진희 (건국대학교 녹색기술융합학과) ;
  • 김원태 (천안연암대학교 환경조경과) ;
  • 허혜 (건국대학교 산림과학과 대학원) ;
  • 윤용한 (건국대학교 녹색기술융합학과) ;
  • 최은영 (한국방송통신대학교 농학과)
  • Received : 2016.01.18
  • Accepted : 2016.04.07
  • Published : 2016.05.31


This study was conducted to investigate the influence of hydrophilic polymer (HP) mixture ratio (Control, 1.0%, 2.5%, 5.0%, and 10.0%) on growth of eggplant (Solanum melongena) for lower maintenance urban agriculture via green roofs. Although it was not statistically significant (p > 0.05), substrate temperature was decreased as hydrophilic polymer mixture ratio were increased. High substrate water content (95%) was found consistently in growing media under elevated hydrophilic polymer mixture ratio at over 5% during the entire growing period. Substrate electronic conductivity was increased as hydrophilic polymer mixture ratio were increased. Growth index was decreased as hydrophilic polymer mixture ratio was increased. It was reduced about 1/3 and 1/5 compared to that of Control in HP5.0 and HP10.0 treatment plants, respectively. Number of leaves, leaf length, and leaf width were decreased in following order: Control> HP1.0> HP2.5> HP5.0> HP10.0 treatments. There numbers were significantly lower in HP5.0 and HP10.0 treatment plants. Dry weight of shoot and root were decreased as hydrophilic polymer mixture ratio was increased. They were reduced by 1/4 compared to those of Control treatment plants. In addition, visual value was decreased as hydrophilic polymer mixture ratio was increased. Plants grown in HP1.0, HP2.5, and HP5.0 treatments all survived. However, plants grown in the HP10.0 treatment had the lowest survival rate (56%) after 3 months of growing. These results indicate that the advantage of adding hydrophilic polymer to green roof growing media may greater during dry periods. However, the proper mixture proportion of hydrophilic polymer should be determined according to different characteristics of growing media and plant species.


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