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Effect of steaming on yield and nutrient content of tomatoes grown in three substrates and on physical properties of the substrate

Woods, M. ; Prasad, M. ; Maher, M.

Plant and Soil, 1972, Vol.36(1), pp.209-213 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Effect of steaming on yield and nutrient content of tomatoes grown in three substrates and on physical properties of the substrate
  • Author/Creator: Woods, M. ; Prasad, M. ; Maher, M.
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Agriculture ; Botany
  • Is Part Of: Plant and Soil, 1972, Vol.36(1), pp.209-213
  • Description: Steam sterilization increased the yield of tomatoes grown on peat over 3 years. The increase becomes more pronounced with time. The effect of steaming was greater in the summer crop which has a duration of 6 months than in the autumn crop which has a duration of 4 months. Similar yield patterns were evident in tomatoes grown in sand and soil. Manganese levels in the growing media and in the foliage rose as a result of steaming, but toxic levels were reached only in plants growing on steamed soil which caused yield reduction. Leaf nitrogen content was increased as a result of steaming. Steaming over three years did not cause a breakdown of the structure of the peat.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0032-079X ; E-ISSN: 1573-5036 ; DOI: 10.1007/BF01373472