IN VITRO EFFECT OF CROPSIL ON SEED GERMINATION AND SEEDLING GROWTH OF MAIZE-PART ONE

Prof. V. C. Malshe, Rajan Raje, Rupali Hande, Rishikesh Choudhari, Shailesh Chidrawar

Abstract


Silicon is the second most abundant element in the earth crust after oxygen i.e. 28.8%. However, Silicon present in soil is in an inert or polymeric form, which is unavailable form of Silicon for plant uptake. Generally, plants uptake monomeric form of Silicon in soil i.e. plant available silica. Monosilisic acid (H4SiO4) or Orthosilisic acid is the form of Silicon which is completely bio-available to the plants. NiChem Solutions, Thane have developed a new product – CROPSIL based on monomeric silica to fulfil the requirement of Silicon as a beneficiary nutrient in plants.

 

CropSil is a unique formulation of highly stabilized Orthosilisic acid (Monosilisic acid form). CropSil contain 3% Orthosilisic acid which is 99.9% available form of Silicon. It has an alkaline pH. CropSil acts as a plant stress manager, immunity booster, yield improver & a bio stimulant. It is a residue free, non-toxic and eco-friendly product. It has a good stability &  does not gel on shelf when stored in air-tight conditions away from direct sunlight. (It has Patent pending in India & US. The International Publication number of CropSil is WO2016/135752 A2).

 

Seed germination and early seedling growth are critical stages for plant’s establishment and production. Priming or seed imbibition application of Silicon (Si) can enhance germination as well as seedling growth. In this experiment, the effect of seed imbibition with CropSil (1%, 2%, 3% solution) on seed germination and seedling growth under normal conditions was studied in Maize.  The experiment was designed at Nichem Solutions in invitro conditions.

 

Results showed that seed Imbibition by different concentration of CropSil i.e. (1%, 2% and 3%) improved shoot length  (1.3%, 10% and 10.9%), root length (0.0%, 13.6%, 24.2%) and biomass (12.41%, 33.33%, 39.40%) with increasing concentrations as compared to Control.

 


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