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International Journal of Horticultural Science and Ornamental Plants

Influence of diluted seawater irrigation on the Physiological and biochemical characteristics of common Egyptian turfgrass

Mahmoud A. Hegazi* and Ismael A. Khatab

Horticulture Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Kafrelsheikh University, 33516, Egypt.

Genetics Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Kafrelsheikh University, 33516, Egypt.

Accepted 06 July, 2016.

Citation: Hegazi MA, Khatab IA (2016). Influence of diluted seawater irrigation on the Physiological and biochemical characteristics of common Egyptian turfgrass. International Journal of Horticulture and Ornamental Plants 2(1): 027-036.

Copyright: © 2016. Hegazi and Khatab. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.

The objectives of the present study were to exploitation of seawater in turfgrass irrigation, thus providing fresh water for drinking and essential crops irrigation. Pots experiment was conducted at Kaferelsheikh University Farm during the warm season (May-September) of 2014 and 2015 seasons on Seashore paspalum (Paspalum vaginatum Swartz) and Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon × Cynodon transvaalensis) turfgrass. Seawater was diluted with freshwater to obtain the required percentages (0, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80% seawater). Each pot was received 200 ml of the suitable diluted seawater twice a weekly throughout the study course. Data were collected on turf vegetation, plant succulence, leaf firing and turf quality beside some bio and chemical constituents. The results showed that, low percentages (10-30%) of seawater surpassed the higher percentages or control, in most studied characters.

Key words: Seashore paspalum, Bermudagrass, Turfgrass, diluted seawater, irrigation.

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