Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science
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EFFECT OF MICROBIOLOGICAL FERTILIZER FOR MITIGATING WATER STRESS IN CHERRY TOMATO
Ivana Koleska, Lutvija Karic, Rodoljub Oljaca, Jasna Avdic, Mirela Smajic Murtic, Senad Murtic
Abstract: This study was carried out to examine the effect of microbiological fertilizer ‘Slavol’ (MB) on selected physiological parameters for evaluating drought tolerance of seedlings (content of proline, leaf water potential, leaf area, content of photosynthetic pigments, total phenolic and flavonoids) and subsequently on the yield and fruit quality of cherry tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. var. cerasiforme). Cherry tomato seedlings treated by MB had a lower content of proline and higher leaf water potential compared to non-treated seedlings under water stress, which indicates that microorganisms present in fertilizers contributes to better adaptation of cherry tomato seedlings to stress. The research results also showed that application of MB contribute to increasing of phenolic compounds and consequently strengthening of cherry tomato antioxidant defense system. Fruit quality parameters (TSS, TA, TPC, TFC, FRAP, content of ascorbic acid and lycopene) were significantly higher in fruits of cherry tomato subjected to drought, regardless of MB treatment, suggesting that exposure of plant to controlled water stress conditions may represent a very promising approach to enhance the nutritional quality of cherry tomato.
Keywords: antioxidants; drought; fruit quality; microorganisms; yield
Date published: 2018-07-06
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