Effect of various application rate of zinc fertilizer with and without fruit waste biochar on the growth and Zn uptake in maize

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Effect of various application rate of zinc fertilizer with and without fruit waste biochar on the growth and Zn uptake in maize

Fayyaz Ahmad Tahir, Nazir Ahamad, Muhammad Khalid Rasheed, Subhan Danish
Int. J. Biosci.13( 1), 158-165, July 2018.
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Deficiency of Zinc (Zn) is a major problem in those agricultural soils that are calcareous and high in pH. Low intake of Zn in plants not only disturb the yield of crops but also consumption of such food developed Zn deficiency symptoms in consumers. To overcome the problem of Zn deficiency in plants scientists recommend to use such amendments that has ability to low soil pHand increase soil nutrients bioavailability to plants. In current study fruit waste biochar (BC) was used to examine its role on the bioavailability of Zn and growth of maize when applied in the presence of half and full recommended dose of Zn fertilizer. Results confirmed that the application of BC significantly enhanced the Zn concentration in maize root and shoot. A significant improvement in maize root fresh weight, photosynthetic pigments and nutrients (NPK) in maize shoot validated the fact that application of fruit waste BC in combination with full recommended doze of Zn has ability to improve the Zn bioavailability in maize. On the basis of results, it is concluded that application of BC with full recommenced doze of zinc is a better approach for improvement in Zn uptake and promotion of growth in maize.


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