Soil Liming And Mineral Fertilization For Root Nodulation And Growth Of Faba Beans In An Acid Soil In Tunisia
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Sarra Ouertatani, Kamel Regaya, John Ryan, Azaiez Gharbi. (13/2/2011). Soil Liming And Mineral Fertilization For Root Nodulation And Growth Of Faba Beans In An Acid Soil In Tunisia. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 34 (6), pp. 850-860.
Faba beans (Vicia faba L) are grown in northern Tunisia where annual rainfall approaches 1200 mm and where the soil acidity is the most limiting factor for plant growth. Aluminum (Al) and manganese (Mn) toxicities provide a hostile environment to root growth. To alleviate such a problem, farmers use selected acid-tolerant species. However, crop yields remain far below their optimal levels. Liming, a practice to eliminate acidity, has never been tried in this area before. This research aimed to evaluate the impact of lime and mineral fertilizers on root nodulation, plant uptake and yield of faba beans using a pot experiment. Treatments were combinations of two rates of calcium carbonate with three rates of superphosphate and three rates of potassium sulfate. Liming produced significantly higher number and weight of nodules on roots as well as higher nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium contents in plant tissue. Liming also increased shoot growth and bean yield.
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