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Outcomes of soil previously treated with aromatic plants in the germination and early growth of lettuce


This study aimed to verify the outcomesof the soil previously treated with aromatic plants in the germination and early seedling growth of lettuce var. Simpson under greenhouse conditions. The trial was developed at Embrapa Vegetables, in Brasília, Brazil in a completely randomized design with three replications and composed by eleven treatments as follow: soil cultivated with apple-mint (Mentha x villosa), wild mint (Mentha arvensis), peppermint (Mentha piperita), Mentha spp., citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus), lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus), basil (Ocimum basilicum), african basil (Ocimum gratissimun), thyme (Thymus vulgaris), sage (Salvia officinalis) and soil from the same area without prior cultivation of aromatic plant (control). The emergence velocity index (IVE), the survival rate (SR), the number of leaves (NL), the length of the main root (CRP) and the shoot (CPA), the fresh mass of the root (MFR) and the shoot (MFPA) and the dry mass of the root (MSR) and the shoot (MSPA), were evaluated 30 days after the sowing. The data were submitted to analysis of variance and Tukey's test at 5% probability. There was a significant difference regarding the IVE, in which the treatment with C. citratus negatively affected seedlingappearance. The treatment with M. arvensis showeda TS of only 16%at 30 days after the sowing. The NF was lower in the treatment with M. arvensis, differently from all the others, excepting the cultivation withS. officinalis. The MFR and the MFPA were stimulated by the treatment with T. vulgaris, which was higher than all the other cultivations. The obtained results showed that M. arvensis had a negative influence,while T. vulgaris presented a positive outcome in the early development of lettuce seedlings.

allelopathic effect; rhizosphere

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