Sulfur Nanoparticles Improves Root and Shoot Growth of Tomato

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

Abstract


The objective of this research work is to synthesize sulfur nanoparticles by green route and to investigate the beneficial effect on root and shoot growth of tomato. Sulfur nanoparticles (SNPs) synthesized using aqueous extract of Ailanthus altissima leaves at room temperature. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) inspections indicated that nanoparticles are spherical and polydispersed with diameters ranging between 5 and 80 nm. The potential of sulfur nanoparticles for enhancing tomato’s growth, increasing the concentration of sulfur nanoparticles from 100 ppm to 300 ppm cause an increase in root and shoot lengths, while higher concentration 400 ppm and 600 ppm induced an inhibitory effect. Results of this study reveal that SNPs have the potential to enhance root and shoot growth of tomato and the effect is concentration dependent.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/jas.v8n4p179

Journal of Agricultural Science ISSN 1916-9752 (Print) ISSN 1916-9760 (Online)

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