Veenendaal, The Netherlands
December 19, 2005
Cereals benefit from silicon. The nutrient contributes to the
protection from powdery mildew and eyespot disease. In
Beneficial nutrients news scientists advise breeding for
silicon-responsive cereal varieties.
Silicon makes all the difference. Barley, oat and wheat that get
no silicon are very susceptible to powdery mildew, whereas in
well with silicon provided crops the fungus is less successful.
So, cereals need silicon for powdery mildew resistance,
researchers conclude from these findings. Application of the
nutrient can also reduce eyespot disease severity in wheat. A
variety that benefits substantially from silicon supplementation
may be a useful tool for crop protection via fortification of
disease resistance. In the December issue of Beneficial
nutrients news scientists therefore plead for silicon
response as a criterion for selection in cereals.
According to silicon specialists the nutrient has even more
advantages. On the website
some of these benefits are listed, for instance the reduction of
the risk of lodging and the protection against stress
situations. In spite of the possible profits of silicon
fertilisation, the use of this nutrient in cereals still
receives little attention.