The effect of
endo-mycorrhiza (VAM) treatment on growth of tomato seedling
grown under saline conditions
Hakan BAŞAK1, Köksal DEMİR2, Rezzan
KASIM3* and F.Yeşim OKAY2
Evran University Vocational School, Department of Greenhouse
Production, Kırşehir, Turkey.
2Ankara University, Agricultural Faculty,
Department of Horticulture, 06110, Dışkapı, Ankara, Turkey.
University, Department of Postharvest Technology, 41285,
Kartepe, Kocaeli, Turkey.
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Accepted 1 November, 2010
This study was carried out in order to determine the effects
of various study doses of mycorrhiza treatment on
morphological characteristics and color quality of tomato
seedlings (Lycopersicon esculentum L.) which are
grown under 100 nM salinity stress. Two different types of
tomatoes “Aspendos F1” and “Donna F1”
were used in this study. Mycorrhiza treatment was performed
by using ROOTS-novozymes endo-mycorrhiza fungus (VAM) to
obtain 10, 50 and 100 mycorrhiza plants-1. VAM
treatment prevented the decrease in the length of the plants
caused particularly by high level soil salinity, both in
Aspendos and Donna species. In both species, the height of
the plants which are grown under salt+M50 and salt+M100
conditions became bigger than the control plants and the
plants grown under salt conditions. Furthermore, high
mycorrhiza treatment also increased the weight of fresh stem
and root but had no particular affect on dry stem and root.
While chlorophyll a, b and total chlorophyll quantities of
the mycorrhiza treatment with M50 and M100 doses grown under
salt conditions were found to be high in comparison to
control and salt treatment, carotenoid level was found to be
low. Conclusively, mycorrhiza treatment to tomato seedlings
which are grown under salt conditions was caused to have
seedlings grown by preventing negative effects of salt, and
provided a high quality growth and which kept the green
color of the seedlings.
Color, mycorrhiza, Lycopersicon esculentum L.,
seedling length, root length, weight.