Organic fertilization as an alternative to the chemical in cherry tomato growing under irrigation depths




Chemical and Organic Fertilizer, Solanum lycopersicum L, Water Deficit


Two experiments were carried out to evaluate the effects of organic fertilization as an alternative to the chemical on the yield and quality of cherry tomato grown under different irrigation depths in protected environment, in 2013 and 2014. The experimental design was in randomized blocks (5 x 3 factor), with five irrigation depths as the factors (70%, 85%, 100%, 115% and 130% of ETc) and three types of fertilization: no fertilized soil (control), NPK fertilized soil (Chemical) and earthworm humus fertilized soil (organic). The following were evaluated in this study: water use efficiency, number of aborted flowers, total soluble solid content, transverse and longitudinal diameter of the fruits, number of fruits and fruit yield per plant. Organic fertilization is an alternative to the chemical with no losses in yield and fruit quality. The increase in water depth enhanced yield and fruit diameters and reduced water use efficiency. Water use efficiency was more sensitive to the increments in water depth than to different types of fertilization. The values ​​of °Brix obtained in the experiment were classified as acceptable for the domestic and international market when submitted to organic fertilization.


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DE MATOS, R.M., SILVA, P.F. da, NETO, J.D., LIMA, A.S. de, LIMA, V.L.A. de and SABOYA, L.M.F., 2021. Organic fertilization as an alternative to the chemical in cherry tomato growing under irrigation depths. Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 37, pp. e37006. [Accessed8 August 2022]. DOI 10.14393/BJ-v37n0a2021-48270. Available from:



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