Determination of silicon concentration in some horticultural plants

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dc.contributor.author Hogendorp, Brian K.
dc.contributor.author Cloyd, Raymond A.
dc.contributor.author Swiader, John M.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-20T19:09:23Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-20T19:09:23Z
dc.date.issued 2013-02-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/15311
dc.description.abstract Although silicon is not an essential element, it is taken up by plants but is rarely quantified. Therefore, this study quantified the silicon concentration in 10 commonly grown horticultural plants including meadow sage (Salvia x sylvestris), tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata), garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), Chinese astilbe (Astilbe chinensis), coral flower (Heuchera hybrid), garden zinnia (Zinnia elegans), French marigold (Tagetes patula), sweet basil (Basil spp.), and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) using a plant alkaline fusion technique, which involved dry-ashing plant tissue samples and measuring color development with a spectrophotometer. Both zinnia and aster accumulated substantially more silicon from the municipal water source and growing medium (5365 and 4797 mg·kgˉ¹ silicon, respectively) than the other plants evaluated, which had concentrations less than 2500 mg·kgˉ¹ silicon. This study is just one of a few in which the silicon concentration in various horticultural plants has been quantified. Consequently, this may lead to better understanding those plants that will or will not benefit from applications of silicon-based fertilizers to promote cold-hardiness and/or plant resistance to fungal pathogens and insect pests. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.uri http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/content/47/11/1593.abstract en_US
dc.rights Permission to archive granted by the American Society for Horticultural Science, January 24, 2013. en_US
dc.subject Silicon-fertilizer en_US
dc.subject Potassium–silicate fertilizer en_US
dc.subject Quantification technique en_US
dc.subject Greenhouse en_US
dc.subject Horticulture en_US
dc.title Determination of silicon concentration in some horticultural plants en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.citation.epage 1595 en_US
dc.citation.issue 11 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle HortScience en_US
dc.citation.spage 1593 en_US
dc.citation.volume 47 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid rcloyd en_US


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