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Effect of potassium humate spray on some biochemical characteristics in potato leaves Solanum tuberosum under water stress conditions


  • Hadia Hassan Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tishreen, Lattakia, Syria.
  • Sawsan Suleiman Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tishreen, Lattakia, Syria.
  • Maher Dais Agricultural Scientific Research Center, Lattakia, Syria.



biochemical characters, potato, potassium humate, spray, water stress


  The research was carried out at Al-Hanadi Research Station - Lattakia Agricultural Scientific Research Center, during spring season 2020 .To experience the effect of different potassium humate levels 500,1000,1500 ppm  as a foliar spray on potato leaves variety Spunta , at 40 and 80% of field capacity humidity . The research involved four treatments with 3 replicates   at each irrigation level. A Completely Randomized design was used. Plants were sprayed with potassium humate HA three times, with an interval of ten days after 35 days of planting.

The results showed that water stress caused an increase in total soluble sugars, proline content and catalase activity in Spunta potato leaves, but total chlorophyll content was decreased. Potassium humate treatments improved biochemical parameters at 40% of field capacity. Potassium humate 1000 ppm treatment  increased significantly  total chlorophyll content 0.142 mmol/mg, and total soluble sugars 1.67mg/g  in  Spunta leaves ,while 1500 ppm treatment  increased significantly proline content 45.65 ppm  and catalase activity  0.04 mg/g  at the same  level 40% . Also, at 80% of field capacity, potassium humate 1000 ppm increased the total chlorophyll content 0.140 mmol/mg and proline content in potato leaves 11.63 ppm. Thus, potassium humate can be applied at a concentration 1000 and 1500 ppm to enhance the efficiency of potato plant Spunta tolerance under water shortage conditions.


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