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Authors Abeli, T; Brancaleoni, L; Marchesini, R; Orsenigo, S; Rossi, G; Gerdol, R
Author Full Name Abeli, T.; Brancaleoni, L.; Marchesini, R.; Orsenigo, S.; Rossi, G.; Gerdol, R.
Title Fertiliser application positively affects plants performance but reduces seed viability in seashore mallow (Kosteletzkya pentacarpos): implication for biomass production and species conservation
Source ANNALS OF APPLIED BIOLOGY
Language English
Document Type Article
Author Keywords Cultivation protocol; fertilisation; reproductive performance; salt stress; seed germination
Keywords Plus FATTY-ACID; VIRGINICA; GERMINATION; MALVACEAE; L.; PHOTOSYNTHESIS; REPRODUCTION; RESTORATION; RESOURCES; TOLERANCE
Abstract Kosteletzkya pentacarpos seashore mallow, is recognised as an important plant species for several industrial applications, especially in North America and Asia. In Europe, seashore mallow is highly threatened and subject of conservation actions (e.g. reintroduction). In order to define appropriate multipurpose cultivation protocols, suitable for biomass production and for conservation purposes, we investigated the effect of varying levels of soil salt content and nutrient availability on seashore mallow. As expected, seashore mallow had the best performance in terms of growth rate, flowering and fruit production when fertiliser was applied, while salt had only limited effects. Interestingly, seeds produced by fertilised plants showed a lower germination performance and higher mortality than seeds developed from non-fertilised plants. Our results highlight a trade-off between parental plant growth and seed performance, the former being enhanced and the latter being reduced by fertiliser application. The causes of this trade-off are related to a transgenerational maternal effect of fertiliser application that has important implications for seashore mallow cultivation. Biomass production benefits from fertiliser application but if the quality of seeds and the fitness of the next generation are major objectives (e.g. seed production and species conservation), fertiliser application is not recommended.
Author Address [Abeli, T.; Rossi, G.] Univ Pavia, Dept Earth & Environm Sci, Pavia, Italy; [Brancaleoni, L.] Univ Ferrara, Bot Garden, Ferrara, Italy; [Marchesini, R.; Gerdol, R.] Univ Ferrara, Dept Life Sci & Biotechnol, Corso Ercole I dEste 32, I-44121 Ferrara, Italy; [Orsenigo, S.] Univ Milan, Dept Agr & Environm Sci Prod, Landscape, Agroenergy, Milan, Italy
Reprint Address Gerdol, R (reprint author), Univ Ferrara, Dept Life Sci & Biotechnol, Corso Ercole I dEste 32, I-44121 Ferrara, Italy.
E-mail Address grn@unife.it
ResearcherID Number Orsenigo, Simone/E-5961-2017
ORCID Number Orsenigo, Simone/0000-0003-0348-9115; Brancaleoni, Lisa/0000-0003-2495-3888; Abeli, Thomas/0000-0003-3096-2035
Times Cited 5
Total Times Cited Count (WoS, BCI, and CSCD) 5
Publisher WILEY
Publisher City HOBOKEN
Publisher Address 111 RIVER ST, HOBOKEN 07030-5774, NJ USA
ISSN 0003-4746
29-Character Source Abbreviation ANN APPL BIOL
ISO Source Abbreviation Ann. Appl. Biol.
Publication Date MAR
Year Published 2017
Volume 170
Issue 2
Beginning Page 263
Ending Page 272
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1111/aab.12339
Page Count 10
Web of Science Category Agriculture, Multidisciplinary
Subject Category Agriculture
Document Delivery Number EP4GF
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000397338100012
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