Effects of application timing of saline irrigation water on broccoli production and quality

Francesco Di Gioia, Erin N. Rosskopf, Cherubino Leonardi, Francesco Giuffrida

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Irrigation with moderately saline water is a necessity in many semi-arid areas of the Mediterranean Basin, and requires adequate irrigation management strategies. Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica), a crop moderately sensitive to salinity stress, was used to evaluate the effects of the application of saline (S) and non-saline (NS) irrigation water during two growth phases in terms of plant growth, water status, floret yield, glucosinolate profile, and quality. Use of S-water (4 dS m−1) from transplanting to appearance of the inflorescence, alternated with NS-water (2 dS m−1) from inflorescence appearance to harvest and vice versa were compared with continuous use of S- or NS-water. Irrigation with S-water during the first growth-phase decreased leaf water and osmotic potential, net CO2 assimilation rate, and favoured Na+ and Cl accumulation at toxic levels causing ion imbalances and reducing broccoli plant growth. Application of S-water exclusively after inflorescence appearance caused a 22.2% decrease of the head dry biomass compared to NS-NS plants. Regardless of application timing, irrigation with S-water decreased broccoli yield and head mean fresh weight compared to NS-NS plants by 20% and 24%, respectively. Use of S-water in one or both growth stages improved broccoli dry matter and soluble solid content, while had no impact on total glucosinolate concentration. However, application of S-water during the first growth-phase resulted in an increase of indolic glucosinolates (glucobrassicin and neoglucobrassicin) and potential effects on broccoli nutritional properties and flavour.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-104
Number of pages8
JournalAgricultural Water Management
Volume203
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 30 2018

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broccoli
irrigation water
irrigation
water
glucosinolates
inflorescences
plant growth
glucobrassicin
Brassica oleracea var. italica
effect
florets
transplanting (plants)
leaf water potential
total soluble solids
osmotic pressure
saline water
irrigation management
salt stress
assimilation (physiology)

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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Di Gioia, Francesco ; Rosskopf, Erin N. ; Leonardi, Cherubino ; Giuffrida, Francesco. / Effects of application timing of saline irrigation water on broccoli production and quality. In: Agricultural Water Management. 2018 ; Vol. 203. pp. 97-104.
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