Jump to Main Content
Synthetic Zeolite A as Zinc and Manganese Fertilizer in Calcareous Soil
- Pasković, Igor, Pecina, Marija, Bronić, Josip, Perica, Slavko, Ban, Dean, Ban, Smiljana Goreta, Pošćić, Filip, Palčić, Igor, Herak Ćustić, Mirjana
- Communications in soil science and plant analysis 2018 v.49 no.9 pp. 1072-1082
- NPK fertilizers, calcareous soils, cultivars, leaves, manganese, manganese fertilizers, olives, vegetative growth, zeolites, zinc
- The Leccino olive cultivar was grown in pots contained calcareous rendzina soil amended with NPK fertilizer (control treatment) or with further addition of Zeolite A (ZA) containing either zinc (Zn²⁺) or manganese (Mn²⁺) (Zn-ZA and Mn-ZA). After one year, vegetative growth and root morphological parameters were measured and elemental analysis was performed on the root, stem, and leaves. Compared to other treatments, the Zn-ZA fertilizer enhanced Zn concentration and total quantity in the root, stem, and leaves, as well as the root diameter. The root volume was greater using Zn-ZA treatment than control treatment. The total quantity of Mn in root and the root length were enhanced when using Mn-ZA compared to control or Zn-ZA treatment. According to the results of this study, it appears that zeolites containing Zn provide favorable conditions for Zn uptake in calcareous soils, while both Zn and Mn zeolites have a positive impact on olive root morphology.