Identification of suitable hardening medium for micro-propagated Lagenandra thwaitesii species in the Tilapia based aquaponic system

Show simple item record Jayasinghe, J.A.R.A. Coswatte, A.C.W.W.M.C.L.K. Senavirathna, J.D.M. Liyanage, N.P.P. 2019-07-04T09:45:12Z 2019-07-04T09:45:12Z 2018
dc.identifier.isbn 9789550481194
dc.description.abstract Lagenandra thwaitesii consider as a threatened endemic ornamental aquatic plant in family Aaraceae. Micro-propagation is a tool for large scale multiplication of these plants. High mortality experienced in transferring of micro-propagated plantlets from the laboratory to the environment is a major limitation in the production of L. thwaitesii at commercial scale. Aquaponic system is used for growing of various plants as a new approach to harden micro-propagated aquatic plantlets. This study focused on examining an effective hardening medium for L. thwaitesii in an aquaponic system. Six weeks aged uniform samples of in-vitro rooted L. thwaitesii plantlets were hardened by 3 different media; coconut husk, clay bricks shards and river gravels. Tilapia fish waste was used as the fertilizer from the aquaponic system, while trickling down to each section with different hardening media. The performance of plantlets in each media were measured using survival and growth parameters (number of leaves, length of roots, shoots and leaves, width of leaves, wet weight of plantlets) during five weeks of hardening period. The collected data were subjected to multivariate analysis at P < 0.05 level. According to the results, characteristics of hardening media significantly affect on growth performance of L. thwaitesii. Highest average leaf length (24.18+0.582), leaf width (10.58+0.250), root length (87.05+5.15) and wet weight (0.83+0.05) were recorded in clay brick shard medium, while maximum average number of leaves (4.05+0.189) was recorded from gravel medium. The 100% survival rate was obtained in all the hardening media. Bricks play a vital role in cation exchange, which enhances the nutrients availability for plants by increasing the growth rate of plants. Hence, clay bricks shards medium was considered as the best substrate for hardening of L. thwaitesii in the Tilapia based aquaponic system. This novel trend in integrated aquaculture system is useful to overcome the practical problems in micropropagation of L. thwaitesii plants, as a valuable asset for ornamental aquatic plant industry. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka en_US
dc.subject Agriculture en_US
dc.subject Aquaculture and Fisheries en_US
dc.title Identification of suitable hardening medium for micro-propagated Lagenandra thwaitesii species in the Tilapia based aquaponic system en_US
dc.title.alternative International Research Conference 2018 en_US
dc.type Other en_US

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