1. Haghighi, M. and J A. Teixeira da Silva.2013. Amendment of hydroponic nutrient solution with humic acid and glutamic acid in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L.) culture. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. 59: 642-648.
Haghighi M , Teixeira da Silva. Amendment of hydroponic nutrient solution with humic acid and glutamic acid in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L.) culture. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 59(4).642-648.
Can humic acid (HA) and glutamic acid (GA), when added to tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. cv. ‘Hongyangli’) nutrient solution in a hydroponic system, improve growth? Tomato seedlings were grown in six nutrient solutions: (1) control (C), (2) C + 25 mg L–1 HA (HA1); (3) C + 50 mg L–1 HA (HA2); (4) C +100 mg L–1 GA; (5) HA1 + GA; (6) HA2 + GA. Various biochemical and physiological parameters weremeasured. HA increased photosynthesis rate and mesophyll conductance. HA did not significantly affect transpiration, stomatal conductance, titratable acidity, or antioxidant activity. In addition, GA improved protein and sugar content, mesophyll conductance and yield. The combination of HA and GA was more effective, especially with 50 mg L–1 HA. The activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and peroxidases (POD) did not change in the presence of HA or GA. Malondialdehyde (MDA) content increased by 30% in HA2 together with GA. HA has a positive effect on tomato hydroponic growth when applied with GA. This expands the use of HA and GA for horticultural commodities in hydroponic systems.