THE EFFECT OF MAGNETIC TREATMENT OF IRRIGATION WATER ON CUCUMBER PRODUCTION AND WATER PRODUCTIVITY

A.M. Al-Shrouf
Magnetic fields are known to induce biochemical changes and could be used as a stimulator for growth-related reactions. The technology of magnetic water has been widely studied and adopted in the field of agriculture in many countries. This study examines whether there are any beneficial effects of magnetic treatment of different irrigation water types on water productivity and yield of cucumber. Therefore, the present work was carried out to study the response of growth, yield, and other chemical parameters of cucumber irrigated with magnetized water under greenhouse comparison with tap water. Based on results of our experiment plants irrigated with magnetic water exhibited significant increase in most vegetative features, while the magnetic treatment showed no significant effect on the irrigation water’s pH or EC nor on the soil’s physical characteristics. Moreover, the magnetized water treatment significantly increased yield compared to plant irrigated with tap water. On average, the increase in yield reached 28.24% compared to tap water treatment. The magnetic treatment also showed significant increase in fruit fresh weight, fruit dry weight, plant height, leaf area and leaf moisture content by 20, 3, 3, 5 and 1%, respectively, compared to tap water, whereas the fruit firmness for those treatments irrigated by magnetic water reduced significantly by more than 6.5% as compared to tap water. The overall results showed that utilization of magnetized water can lead to improved quantity of cucumber crops. Using magnetic water for irrigation could be a promising technique for agricultural improvements but more investigation is required on different crops.
Al-Shrouf, A.M. (2014). THE EFFECT OF MAGNETIC TREATMENT OF IRRIGATION WATER ON CUCUMBER PRODUCTION AND WATER PRODUCTIVITY. Acta Hortic. 1054, 111-117
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2014.1054.12
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2014.1054.12
magnetic treatment, tap water, water productivity, cucumber
English

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