Response of Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) to the application of a bio-fertilizer treated with a magnetic field

Orlando Zúñiga Escobar, Cristian O. Jiménez Alfaro, Jhony A. Benavides Bolaños, Celina Torres González

Abstract


The growth and production response of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) to the application of a mixture solution of bio-fertilizer Multibiol® and water, treated with a AC magnetic flux induction of 25 mT and 60 Hz was evaluated. A circuit connected to a recirculation solenoid was used. The solution was applied in a concentration ratio of 1:12 to seedlings under greenhouse conditions for three months, at doses of 0.25 L for five min, every seven days, getting 10 doses for the entire experiment. Three periods of exposure to the flux (7½, 15 and 30 min), a recirculated treatment without solenoid (T) and an absolute control without recirculate that used only potable water (Ta) were established too. A univariate completely randomized design was used. The results indicated that the exposure to the field for 7 ½ min resulted in statistically significant differences (P ≤ 0.05) in the response variables compared with the treatment T and Ta, respectively, 18 % and 40.1 % for the length of the plant; in 80 % and 98 % for the number of rhizomes; in 50 % and 500 % for the number of shots; 217.4 % and 73.7 % for fresh mass and finally 70.1 % and 186.6 % for the dry mass. The results indicate that irrigation with magnetically stimulated bio-fertilizer can be considered as a complementary technology to increase the production of C. longa.

Keywords


Magnetobiology; agri-environment technology; magnetic field; C. longa; soil.

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