Plant Growth Regulation

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Evidence for the presence of plant growth regulators in commercial seaweed products

  • I. J. Crouch
  • J. van Staden
Article

Abstract

Although seaweeds and various seaweed products have been utilized in agricultural practices for many years, the precise mechanism by which they elicit their beneficial growth responses is still not fully understood. The amount of mineral nutrients in commercial preparations cannot account for the magnitude of the responses. Some other factor, such as the presence of endogenous plant growth regulators is, therefore, thought to be involved. This paper reviews the literature supporting evidence for the occurrence of plant hormones in commercial seaweed preparations.

Key words

HPLC seaweed concentrate plant hormones 

abbreviations

SWC

seaweed concentrate

PGR

plant growth regulator

GC-MS

gas chromatography/mass spectrometry

1H-NMR

proton nuclear magnetic resonance

HPLC

high performance liquid chromatography

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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. J. Crouch
    • 1
  • J. van Staden
    • 1
  1. 1.UN/FRD Research Unit for Plant Growth and Development, Department of BotanyUniversity of NatalPietermaritzburgRepublic of South Africa

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