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Rydenheim, Lisa (2007) Effects of zeolites on the growth of cucumber and tomato seedlings. Other thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Zeolites are a group of minerals, with a special structure giving them properties like ion-exchange capacity and the ability to act as molecular sieves. Due to these properties zeolites have a wide range of applications in various areas. ZeoPro is a commercial product, based on natural zeolite minerals and developed as a plant growth medium. It is claimed to improve plant performance, utilize nutrients more efficient and reduce nutrient leaching to the environment. In this study the effect of ZeoPro on cucumber and tomato seedlings was evaluated when 5%, 10% and 20% ZeoPro was mixed into the growth medium. The results showed some increase in growth when ZeoPro was added to the growth medium. In cucumber the growth increased with increasing amount of ZeoPro, generating the largest plants with 20% ZeoPro and the smallest in the control group without ZeoPro. In tomato, the largest plants were found in the 5% group closely followed by the 10% and 20% groups. The plants in the control group, grown without addition of ZeoPro were clearly smaller than the other groups.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Keywords: zeolites, growth medium, subtrate, tomato, cucumber, ZeoPro, mineral, nutrients, horticulture
Subject (faculty): Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science > Dept. of Horticulture
Divisions: SLU > Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science
Depositing User: Lisa Rydenheim
Date Deposited: 24 May 2007
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 09:50
URI: http://ex-epsilon.slu.se/id/eprint/1664

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