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Development of soilless culture methods for production of Moringa (Moringa oleifera Lam.) root and leaf biomass

Literature: Journal Articles

Crosby, G.W. & Craker, L.E. 2007, "Development of soilless culture methods for production of Moringa (Moringa oleifera Lam.) root and leaf biomass", Acta Horticulturae 756: International Symposium on Medicinal and Nutraceutical Plants.

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Acta Horticulturae

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Species Info

  • Moringa oleifera

Description

  • Moringa is a valuable tropical agroforestry species with a fruit rich in nutrients; this study tested soilless (hydroponic) cultivation methods of Morina (seeds were obtained from Uganda and Haiti).
  • Past research on tissue culture (vegetative reproduction) has shown difficulty in transfer to soil.
  • In this study, dehulled seeds had a high germination rate (65%), whereas hulled seeds had low germination.
  • Seedlings grew well in a recirculating rockwool slab culture using a nutrient concentration of Hydrosol, Calcium Nitrate Plus and Magnesium sulfate solution.
  • Maintaining a dry region around the base of the stems was critical. An optimum ph was found to be 5.5-6.0. Plants also grew well aeroponically with a recirculating Aeroflo

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