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Special Issue "Practical Use of Si to Influence Plant Production"
A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 March 2018).
Interests: phytoremediation; soil; water; silicon, contaminant, abiotic, biotic, stress, heavy metals
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The role of silicon (Si) in plant nutrition has been debated for many years. Nevertheless, plants benefit from the presence of Si and it is found that Si can increase biomass production and the tolerance to various abiotic and biotic stresses and it helps the plant with stability and protection. There are interesting data where Si increases the tolerance to both dry and salty environments and those contaminated with heavy metals. Si increases the tolerance to insects and pests and the use of Si fertilizers may decrease the use of pesticides and insecticides in the future. Use of Si fertilizers may improve the plant uptake of nutrient elements by increasing, e.g., the availability of phosphorus in the soil. Silicon may increase soil particle aggregation and by that improve soil quality. It is well known that silicon accumulator plants, such as rice, bamboo and sugar cane, increase their biomass production by Si-additives. However, this also applies to non-silicon accumulator plants. In agriculture, various Si-containing additives/fertilizers has been tested on their effects on plant production with various results. This Special Issue of Plants will highlight the practical use of Si to influence plant production. The Special Issue will, among other things, highlight effects of various Si-additives in field and pot experiments and its value in plant protection, stabilization, plant nutrition and biomass production.
Dr. Maria Greger
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Silicon fertilizers and additives
- plant protection
- biomass production
- plant nutrition
- soil improvement