Effects of fertilizers and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on the post-vitro growth of micropropagated strawberry

Williams, S.C.K. and Vestberg, M and Uosukainen, M. and Dodd, John C. and Jeffries, Peter (1992) Effects of fertilizers and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on the post-vitro growth of micropropagated strawberry. Agronomie, 12 (10). pp. 851-857. ISSN 0249-5627. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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A 5-wk factorial experiment was conducted to examine the effects of osmocote (18N:11P:10K; commercial controlled-release fertilizer), rock phosphate and 3 species of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on the growth of the strawberry cultivar Senga Sengana in a peat-sand-vermiculite substrate. Three Glomus species, G98 (probably G intraradices), G128 (an undescribed species) and G geosporum were compared. G98 and G128 significantly increased shoot dry weights compared with the non-mycorrhizal control. Levels of root colonization by G98 and G128 were significantly greater than by G geosporum. The addition of both fertilizer types significantly increased shoot dry weights. Neither osmocote (0.5-2.0 g/l) nor rock phosphate (1.0-5.0 g/l) addition had a significant effect on colonization by the 3 fungi. An osmocote fertilizer applied at 25% of the minimum recommended commercial rate to mycorrhizal plants was sufficient to produce equivalent dry matter yields as non-mycorrhizal plants receiving the full application of osmocote. All 3 fungal species significantly increased the stolon number per plant when compared with the non-mycorrhizal controls. Results clearly show that healthy mycorrhizal strawberry plants can be produced at weaning using commercial or reduced rates of osmocote or a rock phosphate formulation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Biosciences
Depositing User: O.O. Odanye
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2009 17:21
Last Modified: 02 May 2014 10:10
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/22278 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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