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GROWTH, P-UPTAKE, AND FIBRE CELL DIMENSIONS OF JUTE PLANT AS AFFECTED BY SILICATE TREATMENT

D. H. KHAN and A. C. ROY
Plant and Soil
Vol. 20, No. 3 (June 1964), pp. 331-336
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42932040
Page Count: 6
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GROWTH, P-UPTAKE, AND FIBRE CELL DIMENSIONS OF JUTE PLANT AS AFFECTED BY SILICATE TREATMENT
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Abstract

In an other communication ⁸ it is shown that silicate treatment affects substantial release of phosphate in soil. It has been further attempted to study the effect of silicate on the growth of jute plant (Corchorus capsularis), P-uptake, and fibre-cell dimension under greenhouse condition - medium of growth being Tejgaon clay soil. Results showed a marked effect of silicate on crop growth and yield, and P-uptake under both limed and unlimed conditions in Tejgaon clay - a soil noted for deficient P-status and P-fixation. Optical measurement of fibre cell dimension of jute plant showed a greater cell elongation, fineness and elongation/fineness ratio due to silicate treatment. It has been assumed that better crop growth, enhanced P-utilization, elongation and fineness of fibre cell were due to increased P-availability in soil induced by silicate treatment ⁸.

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