EFFECT OF FERTIGATION ON SOIL MICROBIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY AND PRODUCTIVITY OF APPLE ORCHARD
A field experiment was conducted at Fruit Research Institute Čačak (Serbia) to evaluate the influence of fertigation on development of soil microorganisms and production of apple Gloster, Hapke Delicious and Morens Jonagored. The experi¬ment involved three variants of treatment: high water-soluble mineral fertilizer NPK 16:8:32, high water-soluble mineral fertilizer NPK 12:0:43; microbiological fertilizer (inoculum on associative nitrogen-fixing bacteria, Klebsiella species). Unfertilized soil served as the control. Fertilizers were incorporated with Venturi Injector three times over the growing season. The effect of the applied fertigation measures on soil biological parameters was monitored by determining the number of soil micro¬organisms by indirect dilution methods of growing on adequate culture media. Of all the variants examined, the most stimulatory effect on development of soil microorganisms was expressed in fertigation treatment that involved microbiological fertilizer in all the examined cultivars. The results of the investigation suggest that incorporation of microorganisms contributes to more productive, nutrient-efficient and environmentally safe orchard management system.
Pesaković, M., Miletić, R., Karaklajić-Stajić, Z. and Luković, J. (2013). EFFECT OF FERTIGATION ON SOIL MICROBIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY AND PRODUCTIVITY OF APPLE ORCHARD. Acta Hortic. 981, 231-236
mineral fertilizers, biofertilizers, irrigation, microorganisms