Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 9, Issue 1,2011
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Zinc and phosphorus fertilization of crambe (Crambe abyssinica Hoechst)


Tiago Roque Benetoli da Silva 1, Rafael Fernando Lavagnolli 2, Antonio Nolla 1

Recieved Date: 2010-10-20, Accepted Date: 2011-01-08


Crambe, a winter crop with high oil content, is a source of raw material for the biodiesel production. This crop deserves attention from agriculture because of the short cycle ranging from 90 to 100 days. This work was conducted in Cascavel Municipal District, Paraná State, Brazil, in udic dystrophic oxisol. The aim was to verify the fertilizer effects of phosphorus (0,40, 80 and 120 kg ha-1) and zinc (0 and 80 g ha-1) in crambe crop development. Super phosphate was applied on the seedling time and foliar spraying of zinc sulphate was done at 35 days after emergency. The results showed that leaf application of zinc did not cause modifications in the vegetative and reproductive development of crambe, however, the phosphorus applied on seedling stage increased oil content and a thous and grain mass and consequently also increased crambe yield in two cropping years.


Crambe abyssinica Hoechst, fertilization, biofuel

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2011
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 264-267

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