Potassium Silicate Enhances Resistance of Floriculture Crops to Insect Attack (2006-07 Final Report)
Potassium Silicate Enhances Resistance of Floriculture Crops to
Thrips and aphids are both key economic pests in rose greenhouses and nurseries. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that silicon is a beneficial plant nutrient. Increasing the plant silicon level may enhance plant growth, quality and yield. Moreover it can increase plant resistance to abiotic stress, diseases and insect pests. Our hypothesis that silicon has the potential to afford protection to rose plants from thrips and aphids is still in the process of being tested. We have additional work with silicon and cut flowers ongoing in my laboratory and I will provide a brief synopsis of that work that I think the members of the ICFG will find interesting. This too is an ongoing study and is not yet completed, but I will report the results to date.
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Keywords: ICFG Hill Final Report 2006-2007