Plant Growth Regulation

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 21–29

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

  • I. J. Crouch
  • J. van Staden

DOI: 10.1007/BF00207588

Cite this article as:
Crouch, I.J. & van Staden, J. Plant Growth Regul (1993) 13: 21. doi:10.1007/BF00207588


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 



seaweed concentrate


plant growth regulator


gas chromatography/mass spectrometry


proton nuclear magnetic resonance


high performance liquid chromatography

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

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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