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Salicylic Acid Increases the Biomass Accumulation of Pinus patula

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Aqueous solutions of low concentrations of salicylic acid (SA), applied as a spray to the shoots of 3-month-old Pinus patula Schiede ex Schltdl. & Cham seedlings, significantly increased the biomass of the plants. The measurements were taken after nine monthly treatments. Stem diameter and height of the plants were increased by 10-10 and 10-8 M SA. Similarly, applications of 10-8 and 10-6 M SA increased fresh stem weight by 33 and 30%, respectively, and the dry stem weight by 65 and 44%. Increases of 28–30% in gross root length were detected in applications of 10-8 and 10-6 M SA, which were reinforced by increases of 33% in fresh root weight, and of 45 to 54% in dry root weight. South. J. Appl. For. 27(1):52–54.

Keywords: Plant growth; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; root stimulation

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Colegio de Postgraduados, Especialidad de Botánica, Carr. México-Texcoco km. 36.5, Montecillos Edo. de México, México, 56230, 2: Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán A. C., Chuburná de Hidalgo, Calle 43 No. 130, Mérida, Yucatán, México, 97200,

Publication date: February 1, 2003

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