Green Synthesis of Nano-Sized Sulfur and Its Effect on Plant Growth

Nidá M. Salem, Luma S. Albanna, Akl M. Awwad, Qusay M. Ibrahim, Amany O. Abdeen

Abstract


The major objective of this research paper is to synthesis sulfur nanoparticles (SNPs) by green route, which can improve plant’s growth and reduce the environmental pathogens. Sulfur nanoparticles (SNPs) were synthesized by a simple green procedure using Melia azedarach leaves aqueous extract and citric acid. The leaves of Melia azedarach aqueous extract act as a capping and stabilizing agent in the formation of sulfur nanoparticles. The synthesized sulfur nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The average particles diameter size was found to be 20 ± 4 nm. Analysis showed that the nanoparticles are crystalline in nature, with spherical shape. A preliminary field study was conducted to evaluate growth and development of Cucurbita pepo in response to sulfur nanoparticles.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/jas.v8n1p188

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