Next Article in Journal
Two Rye Genes Responsible for Abnormal Development of Wheat–Rye Hybrids Are Linked in the Vicinity of an Evolutionary Translocation on Chromosome 6R
Previous Article in Journal
Exploring Microtubule-Dependent Cellulose-Synthase-Complex Movement with High Precision Particle Tracking
Previous Article in Special Issue
The Effects of Foliar Sprays with Different Silicon Compounds
Article Menu
Issue 3 (September) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessReview
Plants 2018, 7(3), 54;

Effect of Silicon Fertilization on Crop Yield Quantity and Quality—A Literature Review in Europe

Department of Agronomy, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, 159 Nowoursynowska St., 02-776 Warsaw, Poland
Received: 29 March 2018 / Revised: 3 July 2018 / Accepted: 4 July 2018 / Published: 6 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Practical Use of Si to Influence Plant Production)
Full-Text   |   PDF [261 KB, uploaded 6 July 2018]


This paper presents a research review of the effect of silicon fertilization on the yield quantity and quality in the last 15 years. The study focuses on plant species grown in Europe: cereals, soybean, rapeseed, sugar beet, potato, meadows, berries and vegetables, and orchard and ornamental plants. The use of silicon is most common in the production of vegetables in greenhouses. However, the use of this element for the fertilization of agricultural plants is rare. Positive prospects of silicon fertilization are associated with foliar application, which is much cheaper and more convenient to use than soil fertilization. Foliar application of silicon has a biostimulative effect, and the best results are observed in stressful conditions for plants such as salinity, deficiency or excess of water, high and low temperature, and the strong pressure of diseases and pests, etc. Based on the results of previous studies, it can be concluded that foliar nutrition should be introduced into production as a standard treatment in the crop management of many species of agricultural plants. It can help farmers to increase the yield of crops. It is also important that it is safe for the environment, which is particularly important in Europe. View Full-Text
Keywords: silicon; yield; crop quality; fertilization silicon; yield; crop quality; fertilization
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Artyszak, A. Effect of Silicon Fertilization on Crop Yield Quantity and Quality—A Literature Review in Europe. Plants 2018, 7, 54.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Plants EISSN 2223-7747 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top