Oana-Alina Boiu-Sicuia, Sorina Dinu, Lavinia-Diana-Nicoleta Barbu
Full Text PDF | Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, Paenibacillus graminis, tomato seed treatment.
Tomatoes are important vegetables in Romanian greenhouse and open field production. Improving their growth is a continuous concern that begins with seed germination and seedlings production and covers all culture types, conventional and organic. Microbial inoculants are valuable products that can trigger both growth promotion and plant protection. This study presents the beneficial traits of some bacterial inoculants applied as seed treatment on tomatoes. The tested inoculants contain single strains or a mixture of two beneficial bacteria, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens and Paenibacillus graminis. These bacterial treatments improve several growth parameters such as: plant fresh and dry weight, root length and branching. Although, the bacterial seed treatments delay plant emergence, the treatment stimulate later growth, revealing increased biomass weight. Compared to the untreated control, the mixt bacterial treatment improved plant fresh weight with 38.1% and the dry weight with 48.3%. Due to the biologic activity of these beneficial bacteria on plant growth, the mixed microbial inoculant offers similar benefits to a complex commercial fertilizer used for horticultural purposes.
Cite this paper: Boiu-Sicuia, O.A., Dinu, S., Barbu, L.D.N. (2020). BACTERIAL INOCULANTS FOR TOMATO SEED TREATMENT. Current Trends in Natural Sciences, 9(17), 284-288. https://doi.org/10.47068/ctns.2020.v9i17.035