doi: 10.15389/agrobiology.2021.1.183eng

UDC: 631.82:631.811.93:631.559



A.V. Kozlov1 ✉, A.H. Kulikova2, I.P. Uromova1

1Minin Nizhny Novgorod State Pedagogical University, 1, ul. Ulyanova, Nizhny Novgorod, 603950 Russia, e-mail (corresponding author ✉),;
2Stolypin Ulyanovsk State Agricultural University, 1, bulv. Noviy Venets, Ulyanovsk, 432017 Russia, e-mail

Kozlov A.V.
Uromova I.P.
Kulikova A.H.

Received January 19, 2020


In modern arable farming, beneficial properties of silicon-containing natural materials are of interest, including zeolites which have a structuring and moisture-retaining effect on soil, can optimize conditions for development of agronomically valuable microorganisms, replenish soil solution with available forms of potassium, phosphorus and trace elements, and show activity towards excessive acidity of soils. The provision of silicon makes it possible to increase adaptation of crops to stresses caused by agroecotope factors, leading to an increase in productivity and yield quality characteristics. For the first time, in the conditions of sod-podzolic soils of the Nizhny Novgorod region, we established the beneficial influence of various doses of zeolite rock of the Khotynets deposit on the main properties of effective fertility of sod-podzolic light loamy soil and content of biologically active silicon in it. The impact of the rock on accumulation of various silicon compounds in above-ground biomass of crops is evaluated. Increase of their yield due to zeolite action was revealed and optimization of quality indices of the main part of the crop was established. The purpose of the work was to determine mobility of silicon in sod-podzolic light loamy soil, to evaluate its physicochemical and agrochemical properties, and to identify patterns of bioaccumulation of various silicon compounds by above-ground parts of plants depending on the dose of zeolite rock as a high-silicon reclamation material. Studies carried out in 2015-2017 involved crop varieties zoned in the Volga-Vyatka region, the winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cv. Moscovskaya 39 and spring wheat cv. Kurskaya 2038, winter rye (Secale cereale L.) cv. Valdai, barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) cv. Veles, peas sown (Pisum sativum L.) cv. Chishminsky 95 and potato (Solarium tuberosum L.) cv. Red Scarlet. The design of the experiment included control (no treatment) and incorporation of 3, 6, and 12 t/ha zeolite of the Khotynetsky deposit (ООО Alsiko-Resurs, Russia) into the soil. The rock was introduced into soil once, manually, in the summer period of 2014. The soil of the field is a sod-podzolic medium-sod shallow-depressed ungelled light-ugly, formed on a cover loam. Plants were harvested upon complete ripeness (grain crops), the beginning (peas) and the end (potatoes) of drying of the tops. In above-ground plant biomass of all crops, the contents of organic, soluble mineral, insoluble polymer and general silicon compounds were determined. Soil was samples on harvest day from five points of each plot by envelope method and the content of mobile silicon compounds was evaluated. Also, in soil samples, the actual, exchange acidity, hydrolytic acidity, the content of exchange compounds of calcium and magnesium, the amount of exchange forms of potassium, the content of mobile phosphorus compounds according to Kirsanov and humus according to Tyurin were measures. It was shown that the use of 12 t/ha zeolite rock contributes to an increase in the content of water-soluble forms of silicon in the soil by 143 % (p < 0.05), acid-soluble forms by 2 times. The use of reclamation doses of zeolite for three years contributed to a reliable (p < 0.05) decrease of exchange soil acidity by 0.5 pH, hydrolytic acidity by 0.33 mg-eqv/100 g, significant increase of content of exchange compounds of calcium and magnesium (by 4.4 and 10.8 mg-eqv/100 g, respectively). In addition, there was a statistically significant (p < 0.05) increase in the amount of mobile phosphorus compounds (by 43 %) and potassium (by 46 %) vs. the control values. The accumulation of silicon in plant biomass depended on a crop, and in all tested cereals, it was higher in by-products than in the main yield. The use of zeolite led to an increase in absorption of silicon from soil, especially in silicon accumulators. Under the action of material, in grain of spring wheat, barley and peas accumulation of total silicon exceeded control values 1.8-, 2.3-, and 3.6-fold, respectively (p < 0.05). The use of zeolite activated generation of organic and mineral soluble forms of element in the grain part of crop, but did not contribute to the accumulation of insoluble silicon compounds in the plant biomass. The main yield of winter wheat increased by 0.19 t/ha, of barley by 0.98 t/ha, of sown peas by 0.24 t/ha, of potatoes by 8.6 t/ha, of spring wheat by 0.92 t/ha, and of winter rye by 0.39 t/ha (p < 0.05). Doses of 6 and 12 t/ha of zeolite had best effect on all crops, while the ratio of main and by-products narrowed towards grain (tuberous) part of crop. Optimization of silicon nutrition of cultivated plants and mobility of element in soil due to application of high doses of zeolite had a positive effect on quality of the main yield. The accumulation of raw gluten in grain of winter and spring wheat reached 35.3 and 31.1 %, respectively, and the grain levels of protein in barley and peas was 12.7 and 20.6 %, respectively. Improved quality of potato tubers under the influence of the zeolite was expressed in enrichment with vitamin C (up to 22.2 mg%) and higher accumulation of starch (up to 16.3 %). Consequently, use of zeolite as a fertilizer and reclamation material was agronomically feasible and necessary under conditions of sod-podzolic soils.

Keywords: silicon, zeolite, crops, efficiency and quality of harvest, bioaccumulation of silicon in biomass, contents and mobility of silicon in soil.



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