Hydroponics were used to study the impact of acidity on growth, nutritive properties and metabolic changes in kikuyu grass (Pennisetum clandestinum Hochst). Four treatments (pH 6.0, 5.0, 4.0, and 3.0) were compared for effects on biomass, leaf and root length, crude protein, amino acid content and key enzymes of sugar metabolism. Reduction in biomass, root and leaf length, amino acid contents, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PDH) and pyruvate kinase (PK) content was observed only at pH 3.0, in association with increased leaf proline content. Kikuyu grass is able to grow normally under mild acidity (down to at least pH 4.0).
|Titolo:||Influence of acidity on growth and biochemistry of Pennisetum clandestinum|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2004|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|