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Practical Applications of Plant Biostimulants in Greenhouse Vegetable Crop Production

Department of Agriculture. Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly, Fytokou Street, 38446 Volos, Greece
Agronomy 2020, 10(10), 1569; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10101569
Received: 30 September 2020 / Revised: 6 October 2020 / Accepted: 13 October 2020 / Published: 15 October 2020
The research interest on plant biostimulant applications in vegetable crop production is gradually increasing and several reports highlight the beneficial effects that such products may have not only on crop performance but also on the quality of the final product. Moreover, numerous products with biostimulatory activity are being developed which need further evaluation under variable growing conditions and different crops. Plant hydrolysates which contain amino acids and peptides have been acclaimed with several positive effects on crop performance of diverse horticultural crops, while macro-algae are also considered effective biostimulants on plants grown under stress conditions. A recent study evaluated the use of protein hydrolysates and brown macro-algae (Ascophyllum nodosum and Ecklonia maxima) as innovative and cost effective approaches for sustainable vegetable production. The present editorial provides an overview of the main findings of that study, while discussing the practical applications that biostimulants may have in the greenhouse production of vegetable crops, aiming to increase the yield and the quality of the final produce and improve crop tolerance to abiotic stressors. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ascophyllum nodosum; chemical composition; Ecklonia maxima; leafy vegetables; plant biostimulants; protein hydrolysates; seaweed extracts; Spinacia oleracea L. Ascophyllum nodosum; chemical composition; Ecklonia maxima; leafy vegetables; plant biostimulants; protein hydrolysates; seaweed extracts; Spinacia oleracea L.
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Petropoulos, S.A. Practical Applications of Plant Biostimulants in Greenhouse Vegetable Crop Production. Agronomy 2020, 10, 1569.

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Petropoulos SA. Practical Applications of Plant Biostimulants in Greenhouse Vegetable Crop Production. Agronomy. 2020; 10(10):1569.

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Petropoulos, Spyridon A. 2020. "Practical Applications of Plant Biostimulants in Greenhouse Vegetable Crop Production" Agronomy 10, no. 10: 1569.

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