Fatma El-Zahara Hussein El-tony*
Ornamental Plants and Landscape Gardening Research Department, Horticultural Research Institute, A.R.C., Giza, Egypt
*Corresponding Author: Fatma El-Zahara Hussein El-tony, Ornamental Plants and Landscape Gardening Research Department, Horticultural Research Institute, A.R.C., Giza, Egypt.
Received: June 15, 2020; Published: June 30, 2020
The impact of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi inoculation with mixed water irrigation on the vegetative and flowering growth, leaf mineral content, and chlorophyll (Chl) content of Antirrhinum majus L. (snapdragon) plants was studied through two seasons under two irrigation water sources. Five irrigation water treatments were applied as follows: T1 as a control (100% desalinized (DW)), T2 (75% DW + 25% well water, WW), T3 (50% DW + 50% WW), T4 (25% DW + 75% WW), and T5 (100% WW). The imposed salt stress conditions (T5) significatly reduced all vegetative and flowering growth, leaf mineral content (P, Na, K, Cl, and Ca), and chlorophyll content of the plants compared to those of the non-salted plants (T1). Inoculated snapdragon with AM fungi exhibited significantly higher values for most vegetative growth characters, flowering date, and spike length than those of non-mycorrhizal plants. With regard to interaction effects, the highest value of proline content of the leaves was detected with 100% WW (T5) and AM fungi treatments, which improved the salt stress tolerance compared to other treatments. Inoculated snapdragon plants with AM fungi showed both improved vegetative and flowering growth, mostly under salt stress conditions. With (T3) under mycorrhizal treatment, snapdragon plants showed the best results with earlier flowering dates, greater number of spikes, and longer spike length.
Keywords: Annual Plant; Desalinized Water; Flower Yield; Proline; Well Water
Citation: Fatma El-Zahara Hussein El-tony. “Effect of the Use of Arbuscular Mycorrhiza for Plant Growth Promotion on Morpho-physiological Properties of Antirrhinum majus L. Under Salinity Stress". Acta Scientific Agriculture 4.7 (2020): 139-149.
Copyright: © 2020 Fatma El-Zahara Hussein El-tony. 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 credited.