Journal of
Yeast and Fungal Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Yeast Fungal Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2413
  • DOI: 10.5897/JYFR
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 125

Full Length Research Paper

Preparation and application of a novel environmentally friendly cucumber seed coating agent

Zeng Defang*, Tu Renjie and Wu Shan
School of Resource and Environmental Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, People’s Republic of China. Hubei Key Laboratory of Mineral Resources Processing and Environment, Wuhan 430070, People’s Republic of China.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 04 January 2011
  •  Published: 31 January 2011

Abstract

A novel cucumber seed coating agent was made from natural polysaccharide, fertilizer and microelement, etc., which achieved a good effect on increasing cucumber yield and antifeeding against pests. The foremost difference between this seed coating agent and conventional ones was that it controlled pests through the approach of repelling pests and enhancing the immunity of seeds, but not by killing pests. Results indicated that this seed coating agent had excellent control of pests and diseases and increased yield by 8.4 to 10.8%, while the material cost was decreased by 16.7% compared with the conventional toxic seed coating agent. In addition, results showed it was safe for man and livestock without causing any pollution and harm. Therefore it had three characteristics of high yield, less cost and friendly environment.

Key words: Environmentally friendly type, cucumber seed coating agent, polysaccharide, antifeedant; germination percentage.