The main challenge to agriculture worldwide is feeding a rapidly growing human population, developing more sustainable agricultural practices that do not threaten human and ecosystem health. An innovative solution relies on the use of biostimulants, as a tool to enhance nutrient use efficiency and crop performances under sub-optimal conditions. In this work a novel biostimulant(APR®,ILSAS.p.A.,ArziganoVI,Italy), belongingtothegroupofproteinhydrolysates, wassuppliedtomaizeseedlingsinhydroponicanditseffectswereassessedincontrolconditionsand in the presence of three different kinds of stresses (hypoxia, salt and nutrient deficiency) and of their combination. OurresultsindicatethatAPR® issolubleandisabletoinfluencerootandshootgrowth depending on its concentration. Furthermore, its effectiveness is clearly increased in condition of single or combination of abiotic stresses, thus confirming the previously hypothesised action of this substance as enhancer of the response to environmental adversities. Moreover, it also regulates the transcription of a set of genes involved in nitrate transport and ROS metabolism. Further work will be needed to try to transfer this basic knowledge in field experiments.

A Novel Biostimulant, Belonging to Protein Hydrolysates, Mitigates Abiotic Stress Effects on Maize Seedlings Grown in Hydroponics

Sara Trevisan
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Alessandro Manoli;Silvia Quaggiotti
2019

Abstract

The main challenge to agriculture worldwide is feeding a rapidly growing human population, developing more sustainable agricultural practices that do not threaten human and ecosystem health. An innovative solution relies on the use of biostimulants, as a tool to enhance nutrient use efficiency and crop performances under sub-optimal conditions. In this work a novel biostimulant(APR®,ILSAS.p.A.,ArziganoVI,Italy), belongingtothegroupofproteinhydrolysates, wassuppliedtomaizeseedlingsinhydroponicanditseffectswereassessedincontrolconditionsand in the presence of three different kinds of stresses (hypoxia, salt and nutrient deficiency) and of their combination. OurresultsindicatethatAPR® issolubleandisabletoinfluencerootandshootgrowth depending on its concentration. Furthermore, its effectiveness is clearly increased in condition of single or combination of abiotic stresses, thus confirming the previously hypothesised action of this substance as enhancer of the response to environmental adversities. Moreover, it also regulates the transcription of a set of genes involved in nitrate transport and ROS metabolism. Further work will be needed to try to transfer this basic knowledge in field experiments.
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