Role of Biostimulant Priming Applications on Germination, Growth and Chlorophyll Content of Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) Cultivars under Salinity Stress

Mehtap Gürsoy


Salinity, which is one of the abiotic stresses, has become an important obstacle in agricultural areas. The use of humic acids (HA) as a biostimulant is increasing day by day and it is tried to increase the resistance of plants against stress. In this study, the effects of HA application of 0-15ml L-1 (4 concentrations) on the resistance to salt (S) 0-150 mM L-1 (4 concentrations) stress in 3 sunflower cultivars (Maximus (C1), Sirena (C2), Reyna (C3) were investigated under laboratory conditions. In the study; germination percentage (GP), mean germination time (MGT), salt tolerance percentage (STP), seeding length (SL), root length (RL), relative water content (RWC), real water content (GSI), total chlorophyll (Chl), chlorophyll stability index (CSI) parameters were examined. As a result of the study, HA applications played a role in reducing the negative effects of salt stress on the examined parameters. It was concluded that HA can be evaluated as an effective material that can be used to increase resistance and tolerance of plants against salt stress.


Abiotic stress, Biostimulant, Humic acid, Seedling growth, Sunflower

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