Effect of Different Nitrogen Doses on Dry Matter Ratio, Chlorophyll and Macro/Micro Nutrient Content in Sweet Herb (Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni)

Ucar E. , ÖZYİĞİT Y., DEMİRBAŞ A. , Guven D. Y. , TURGUT K.

COMMUNICATIONS IN SOIL SCIENCE AND PLANT ANALYSIS, vol.48, no.10, pp.1231-1239, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 48 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00103624.2017.1341917
  • Page Numbers: pp.1231-1239


With this study, the effect of different nitrogen (N) doses applied to sweet herb (0, 50, 100, 150 and 200N kg ha(-1)) on the macro/micro nutrient element content, dry matter ratio and on the chlorophyll amount in the plant leaves is examined. The research was carried out in the research and trial field of Faculty of Agriculture Agronomy department, Akdeniz University, during the 2012-2013 growing season under field conditions for 2years with four replications according to the randomized block trial design. Chlorophyll amounts were determined and the average was obtained with three readings from each leaf by a chlorophyll meter when the plants were in the beginning of flowering. Post-harvest macro and micro nutrient elements of the sweet herb were also investigated. According to the obtained data, while the highest chlorophyll and N amounts in the leaf for both the first and second years were determined as 46.97 SPAD (Minolta Corp, NJ, USA) and 1.34N% 44.9 SPAD, 1.42N%, respectively, under 200kg ha(-1) N application, the lowest chlorophyll and N amounts were determined in the control group. In addition, N application in different doses for both years increased the phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) contents and increased the microelement contents, especially in the second year. At the same time, a correlation between the chlorophyll content in the plant leaves and the N amount was determined and a linear increase was observed in the chlorophyll amount with the increased green part.