Effect of Silicate on The Growth and zion Uptake in Nacl-Stressed Plants
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The purpose of this experimentw ast o investigatet he effecto fSi on theg rowth and ions uptake (K, Na, Ca, and Mg) in rice, bean and barley plants grown in saline conditions. Rice and bean plants were subjected to 0 and 30 mM NaCI in the nutrient solution with and ' without Si, whilst for barley plants 0 and 40 mM NaCI were used. In this investigation, 2.0 mM Si was used as silicilic acid. The results revealed that Si had the protective effect on salt injury only for rice plants. This alleviating effect of Si appeared to be associated with the interference of Si on the upward Na transport by reducing the content ofNa in the shoots and retaining it in the roots. Generally, addition ofSi did not affect the content of K in all plants tested. E~ceptfor rice, Si had no or less effect on Ca and Mg uptake in bean and barley plants.