African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6578

Full Length Research Paper

Saline water and organic matter in the development and quality of Licania rigida Benth. seedlings

Alian Cassio Pereira Cavalcante*
  • Alian Cassio Pereira Cavalcante*
  • Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), Centro de Ciências Agrárias (CCA), Areia-PB, Brasil.
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Manoel Alexandre Diniz Neto
  • Manoel Alexandre Diniz Neto
  • Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), Centro de Ciências Humanas, Sociais e Agrárias (CCHSA), Bananeiras-PB, Brasil.
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Lourival Ferreira Cavalcante
  • Lourival Ferreira Cavalcante
  • Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), Centro de Ciências Agrárias (CCA), Areia-PB, Brasil.
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Adailza Guilherme Cavalcante
  • Adailza Guilherme Cavalcante
  • Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), Centro de Ciências Agrárias (CCA), Areia-PB, Brasil.
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Belisia Lucia Moreira Toscano Diniz
  • Belisia Lucia Moreira Toscano Diniz
  • Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), Centro de Ciências Humanas, Sociais e Agrárias (CCHSA), Bananeiras-PB, Brasil.
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Raunira da Costa Araujo
  • Raunira da Costa Araujo
  • Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), Centro de Ciências Humanas, Sociais e Agrárias (CCHSA), Bananeiras-PB, Brasil.
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Evandro Franklin de Mesquita
  • Evandro Franklin de Mesquita
  • Universidade Estadual da Paraíba (UEPB), Centro de Ciências Humanas e Agrárias (CCHA), Catolé do Rocha-PB, Brasil.
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Jose Flavio Cardoso Zuza
  • Jose Flavio Cardoso Zuza
  • Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), Centro de Ciências Humanas, Sociais e Agrárias (CCHSA), Bananeiras-PB, Brasil.
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  •  Received: 29 March 2016
  •  Accepted: 02 June 2016
  •  Published: 28 July 2016

Abstract

Licania rigida Benth. (oiticica) is a native species from the Northeastern Brazil. In this sense, the aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of irrigation with saline water and organic matter on the growth and quality of oiticica seedlings. The experiments were laid out in randomized complete block using a 5 × 2 factorial design related to electrical conductivity of irrigation water at 0.5, 1.5, 3.0, 4.5 and 6.0 dS m-1 in a substrate with and without organic castor bean compost (Ricinus communis) and soil in a volume ratio of 0:1 and 1:1 v/v. Growth in height, stem diameter, leaf number, leaf area, chlorophyll a and b and total chlorophyll indices, shoot and root dry matter and Dickson Quality Index were evaluated. The increase in water salinity inhibited biometric growth, seedlings production of root and shoot biomass, chlorophyll content and Dickson Quality Index. Increase in water salinity, except for root biomass, inhibited biometric growth, shoot biomass accumulation, chlorophyll a, b and total, chlorophyll indexes and quality index of oiticica seedlings. In the results, although the Dickson Quality Index did not decrease with increasing water salinity and did not vary among treatments with and without organic compost, the transplanting of seedlings in the field was found to be suitable.

Key words: Salinity, organic compost, oiticica.