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Evaluation of Potential Agricultural Applications of the Microalga Scenedesmus dimorphus

Abstract Microalgae represent a potential sustainable alternative for the enhancement and protection of agricultural crops. The dry biomass and cellular extracts of Scenedesmus dimorphus were applied as a biofertilizer, a foliar spray, and a seed primer to evaluate seed germination, plant growth, and crop yield of Roma tomato plants. The dry biomass was applied as a biofertilizer at 50 g and 100 g per plant, to evaluate its effects on plant development and crop yield. Biofertilizer treatments enhanced plant growth and led to greater crop (fruit) production. Timing of biofertilizer application proved to be of importance - earlier 50 g biofertilizer application resulted in greater plant growth. Scenedesmus dimorphus culture, growth medium, and differe... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Garcia-Gonzalez, Jesus (Author) / Sommerfeld, Milton (Advisor) / Steele, Kelly (Committee member) / Henderson, Mark (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Agriculture / Plant sciences / Biology / Biofertilizers / Biostimulants / Foliar spray / Microalgae / Scenedesmus
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 73 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Applied Biological Sciences 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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