African Journal of
Biotechnology

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12179

Full Length Research Paper

Morphophysiology of peppermint irrigated with salt water and bovine biofertilizer

Mario Leno Martins Veras
  • Mario Leno Martins Veras
  • Departamento de Fitotecnia, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil.
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Jose Sebastiao de Melo Filho
  • Jose Sebastiao de Melo Filho
  • Departamento de Fitotecnia e Ciências Ambientais, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Brazil.
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Lunara de Sousa Alves
  • Lunara de Sousa Alves
  • Departamento de Ciências Agrárias, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Brazil.
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Kelina Bernardo Silva
  • Kelina Bernardo Silva
  • Departamento de Agrárias e Exatas, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba, Brazil.
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Evandro Franklin de Mesquita
  • Evandro Franklin de Mesquita
  • Departamento de Agrárias e Exatas, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba, Brazil.
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Raimundo Andrade
  • Raimundo Andrade
  • Departamento de Agrárias e Exatas, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba, Brazil.
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Karialane da Silva Belarmino
  • Karialane da Silva Belarmino
  • Departamento de Fitotecnia e Ciências Ambientais, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Brazil.
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Mayara Andrade de Souza
  • Mayara Andrade de Souza
  • Departamento de Fitotecnia e Ciências Ambientais, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Brazil.
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Danrlei Varela Ribeiro
  • Danrlei Varela Ribeiro
  • Departamento de Fitotecnia e Ciências Ambientais, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Brazil.
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Alvaro Carlos Gonçalves Neto
  • Alvaro Carlos Gonçalves Neto
  • Departamento de Fitotecnia e Ciências Ambientais, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Brazil.
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Uilma Laurentino da Silva
  • Uilma Laurentino da Silva
  • Departamento de Ciências Agrárias, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Brazil.
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Juliara dos Santos Silva
  • Juliara dos Santos Silva
  • Departamento de Ciências Agrárias, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Brazil.
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Ayonna Savana Fernandes Linhares3
  • Ayonna Savana Fernandes Linhares3
  • Departamento de Ciências Agrárias, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Brazil.
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  •  Received: 26 November 2016
  •  Accepted: 24 February 2017
  •  Published: 07 June 2017

Abstract

Peppermint is a medicinal plant grown worldwide, but it has not been extensively studied, especially the use of saline water for its cultivation. In this sense, the objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of saline waters on peppermint cultivation under the application of bovine biofertilizer. The experiment was carried out from September 2015 to December 2015 in a greenhouse of the Center of Human and Agrarian Sciences of the State University of Paraíba (UEPB) in the municipality of Catolé do Rocha-PB, Brazil. The experimental design was completely randomized, in a factorial scheme of 5 × 2, with 8 replicates. The treatments consisted of electric conductivity combined with irrigation water (ECw) of 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0 dS m-1 in the presence and absence of bovine biofertilizer. The increase in electrical conductivity of the irrigation water levels from 1 dS m-1 reduced the growth, development and production of peppermint biomass. Peppermint plants that received bovine biofertilizer had superior results in growth and biomass production. The application of bovine biofertilizer attenuates the effects of salty peppermint. The growth and production of peppermint biomass increased when the plants are irrigated with low salinity water (1 dS m-1) using bovine biofertilizer.

Key words: Mentha piperita L., electrical conductivity, mitigating the salt stress.