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Title: Municipal solid wastes and mineral fertilizer as an eggplant transplant medium
Authors: Chrysargyris, Antonios 
Tzortzakis, Nikos G. 
Major Field of Science: Agricultural Sciences
Field Category: Other Natural Sciences;Environmental Biotechnology;AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES;Agricultural Biotechnology;Other Agricultural Sciences
Keywords: Compost;Eggplant;Growth;Municipal solid waste;Peat;Seed emergence
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2015
Source: Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 2015, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 11-23
Volume: 15
Issue: 1
Start page: 11
End page: 23
Journal: Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 
Abstract: © 2015, Sociedad Chilena de la Ciencia del Suelo. All rights reserved. The fertigation and/or municipal solid waste compost (MSWC) studied in eggplant seedlings. MSWC extracts (between 10<sup>-1</sup> and 10<sup>-2</sup>) accelerated seedling germination. Under nursery conditions, six substrates prepared from commercial peat and MSWC and were further assessed in conjunction with the nutrient application as basic fertilizer (BF) or hydro fertilizer (HF). The addition of MSWC into the substrate inhibited seed emergence and mean germination time, while fertigation accelerated seed emergence in 15% MSWC. Addition of 60% MSWC reduced seedling height, leaf number and fresh weight. BF increased fresh weight in seedlings grown in 15% MSWC. Leaf Chlorophyll b content decreased but total carotenoids increased by adding MSWC into the substrate. The K content decreased, Na content increased while P content did not differ with MSWC addition. Fertigation benefits seedlings nutritive status. Low content (15-30%) of MSWC may act as alternative substitute of peat with more positive effects observed if minerals provided through BF rather than HF.
ISSN: 0718-9516
DOI: 10.4067/S0718-95162015005000002
Rights: © Chrysargyris et al.
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Type: Article
Affiliation : University of Crete 
Technological Educational Institute of Crete 
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