Chanchal Malhotra, Riti Thapar Kapoor
Plant Physiology Laboratory, Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University, Noida – 201 313, Uttar Pradesh, India
Malhotra, C. & Kapoor, R. T. (2019). Assessment of efficacy of sodium silicate on morphological parameters of Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. under water deficit conditions. Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science, 25 (6), 1224–1232
The effect of sodium silicate on the morphological parameters of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. var. Pusa Sheetal) was analyzed at vegetative, flowering and fruiting stages. The significant increase in morphological parameters of tomato plants was observed with sodium silicate treatment in comparison to control. The increase in the height of tomato plants 34.27 and 14.61% was observed with 5 g and 7 g sodium silicate treatment respectively in comparison to control. The findings of the present study revealed that sodium silicate stimulated tomato plant growth under water deficit conditions and it can be used in drought prone areas for the protection of tomato crop against water stress.