Effect of zinc on the alleviation of boron toxicity in tomato

GÜNEŞ A., Alpaslan M., Cikili Y., Ozcan H.

JOURNAL OF PLANT NUTRITION, vol.22, no.7, pp.1061-1068, 1999 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01904169909365695
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1061-1068
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


A greenhouse experiment involving four levels of boron (B) (0, 5, 10, and 20 mg kg(-1)) and three levels of zinc (Zn) (0, 10, and 20 mg kg(-1)) was conducted on tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill., cv. 'Lale'). Boron toxicity symptoms occurred at 10 to 20 mg kg(-1) B levels. These symptoms were partially alleviated in plants grown with applied Zn. Fresh and dry plant weights were strongly depressed by applied B. However, Zn treatments reduced the inhibitory effect of B on growth. Increased levels of B increased the concentrations of B in plant tissues to a greater extent in the absence of applied Zn. Both Zn and B treatments increased Zn concentration of the plants.