Variation in seed nutrient content, seedling growth and yield of rice varieties grown in a paddy field without application of fertilisers for forty years

S. Mayamulla, L. V. Y. Weerarathne, B. Marambe, D. N. Sirisena, L. D. B. Suriyagoda

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Knowledge on the growth of rice (Oryza sativa L.) in low-fertility field conditions is essential to ensure their sustainability and enhance productivity. The key variables determining the productivity of such systems were studied in 40 recommended rice varieties grown in a low-fertile field. The paddy field had received no form of fertiliser or straw for the past 40 years, but it was used for rice cultivation two times per year under other standard crop-management practices. Harvests were made at 6 weeks after planting and at physiological maturity. The same varieties were also grown for 14 days in glass boxes containing distilled water only. Stepwise regression was used to identify the important variables for predicting dry weight (DW) at 14 days, 6 weeks and maturity. Thousand-seed weight and seed phosphorus (P) content of seed paddy (grains used for planting) had strong positive correlations with DW of seedlings after 14 days (r=0.91, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-348
Number of pages12
JournalCrop & Pasture Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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