Effect of zinc-based fertilizers on the growth and development of Tomato plant (Solanum lycopersicum L.) and fruit storability

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Effect of zinc-based fertilizers on the growth and development of Tomato plant (Solanum lycopersicum L.) and fruit storability

Key words: Zinc, Solanum lycopersicum, Growth, Development, Ripening, Storability
Int. J. Agron. Agri. Res.19( 1), 9-17, July 2021.
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Micronutrient deficiency is a common and widely spread problem that affects yield and quality of plant products. Zinc deficiency especially in fresh commodities enhances fruit deterioration during postharvest storage. This study was aimed at investigating effects of foliar applications of Zinc-based fertilizer on tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) growth and development, as well as fruit behaviour during storage. Four different concentrations of Zinc-based fertilizer were applied on tomato plants (0ml/l, 5ml/l, 10ml/l and 15ml/l). Zinc-based fertilizer applications started fourteen days after transplanting and continued weekly till harvest. A completely randomized block design with four treatments and six replications was used for the experiment. Parameters for plant growth and development, fruit quality and storability were determined. Results showed that Zinc-based fertilizer significantly influence most growth parameters at (p < 0.05). Zinc-based fertilizer has a significant effect on development parameters. There was no significant difference among treatments for fruit diameter (p < 0.05). Most storability parameters, except for PWL at 5th and 8th, Firmness and TSSC, showed a significant difference among treatments at (p < 0.05). The dose of 15ml/l was the most efficacious on many parameters evaluated.


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