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Appraisal of Agriglass in Promoting Maize Production Under Abiotic Stress Conditions

Abstract

An agriglass composition containing different oxides acts as a slow release for macro and micro nutrients and was chosen to improve maize yield under most important abiotic stresses which affecting agriculture development; salinity and drought. A field experiment was performed in salt affected soil (EC = 7.5 dSm− 1) by using different water deficit rates (I1 = 100, I2 = 85 and I3 = 70% of maize water requirements). Irrigation levels were located in main plots. Every main-plot divided into six sub-plots contained glassy fertilizer treatments [F1 = 55 kg fed−1 with 1/2 mm diameter of agriglass (fed. = 4200 m2), F2 = 55 kg fed−1 with 1 mm diameter, F3 = 80 kg fed−1 with 1/2 mm diameter, F4 = 80 kg fed−1 with 1 mm diameter, F5 = Recommendations of Ministry of Agriculture and F6 = control]. The experimental results demonstrated that, ears, straw, grains and biological yields increased with increasing both water and agriglass rates. Application of agriglass as a slow release fertilizer improved yield more than mineral fertilizer. Some growth parameters, water use efficiency (IWUE), macronutrients concentration and their relations were included. Other studies on residual effect of agriglass and the annual application rates to withstand salinity and drought stress by strategic crops are required.

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Abou-Baker, N.H., Ouis, M. & Abd-Eladl, M. Appraisal of Agriglass in Promoting Maize Production Under Abiotic Stress Conditions. Silicon 10, 1841–1849 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12633-017-9684-0

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Keywords

  • Irrigation rates
  • Slow release fertilizers
  • Abiotic stress
  • Maize yield
  • Glassy fertilizers