Evaluation of the Potential of Sewage Sludge for Manufacturing Substrate for Passion Fruit Seedlings

  •  Israel Martins Pereira    
  •  Alex Justino Zacarias    
  •  Rebyson Bissaco Guidinelle    
  •  Julio Cesar Gradice Saluci    
  •  Mário E. P. da Costa Jaeggi    
  •  André Oliveira Souza    
  •  Derivaldo Pureza da Cruz    
  •  Camila Q. da S. Sanfim de Sant’Anna    
  •  Tâmara R. Albuquerque de Oliveira    
  •  Richardson Sales Rocha    
  •  Geraldo de Amaral Gravina    
  •  Wallace Luís de Lima    


Brazil is the world’s largest producer and largest consumer of passion fruit, producing approximately 0.1 million tons. However, crop management techniques are deficient in the use of alternative sources of fertilizer, an extremely relevant aspect in reducing production costs, as some nutrients are imported at high costs. Thus, this study was intended to calculate the percentage of an optimal dose of sewage sludge according to the regression model for each morpho-agronomic trait of yellow passion fruit. A completely randomized design (CRD) was adopted, consisting of four treatments, 0; 25; 50; and 75%, with 20 replicates considering one plant per replicate. Treatments were T1 (0 without sewage sludge addition), T2 (75% soil + 25% sewage sludge); T3 (50% soil + 50% sewage sludge); and T4 (25% soil + 75% sewage sludge). Regression coefficients were above 80%. Morpho-agronomic traits obtained optimal doses at a concentration of 50% of sewage sludge for the manufacture of the substrate. The conclusion reached was the substrate based on sewage sludge in the proportion of 50% combined with 50% of soil was superior to the other ones for seedling production.

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