Under sterilized and non-sterilized soil conditions, mycorrhizal dependency in citrus plants depends on phosphorus fertilization rather than zinc application

ORTAŞ İ. , DEMİRBAŞ A., Akpinar C.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE, vol.83, no.2, pp.81-87, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 83 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.17660/ejhs.2018/83.2.3
  • Page Numbers: pp.81-87


The soils of the cukurova Region (Eastern Mediterranean coast of Turkey) have high clay, Oland lime content; consequently, crop production is limited as zinc (Zn) and phosphorus (P) deficiency are common problems in citrus plantations. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of a single selected arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) and indigenous mycorrhizae (IM) inoculations, using sterile and non-sterile soils, and the application of P and Zn doses on the growth and nutrient uptake of sour orange (Citrus aurantium L.) seedlings. Experiments were performed under greenhouse conditions using a Canakci soil series (Typic xerofluvent) over 8 months. Rhizoglomus clarum was used as the arbuscular mycorrhizae fungus at a level of 1000 spores per plant. Different P (0 and 200 mg kg(-1) P2O5) and Zn (0, 2.5, 5 mg kg(-1) Zn) rates were applied at the beginning of the experiment.