The Effect of Boron (B) Application on the Growth and Nutrient Contents of Maize in Zinc (Zn) Deficient Soil

Trakya University Tekirdag Agricultural Faculty, Soil Science Department 59030-Tekirdag, Turkey


ADILOGLU, Aydin and Sevhic ADILOGLU, 2006. The effect of boron (B) application on the growth and nutrient contents of maize in zinc (Zn) deficient soil. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci, 12: 387-392

A pot experiment with maize plant grown on zinc (Zn) deficient soil was conducted to study the effect of increasing boron (B) and zinc (Zn) application nutritional status and shoot growth under greenhouse conditions. Three levels B (0, 10 and 20 mgkg-1) and two levels Zn (0 and 10 mgkg-1) applied to maize plant. At the end of experiment, shoot dry matter yield of maize plant decreased with B application, while increased with Zn application. Nitrogen, P and K concentrations of plant increased with B and Zn applications. Same way, Cu, Zn and Mn concentrations of maize also increased same treatments, but Fe concentration of maize was adverse affected with Zn application while positive affect B application.

Key words: Zn deficient, boron, maize, nutrient element