Agricultural soils strengthening employing humic acids and its effect on plant growth chilli pepper and eggplant


  • Fredy Colpas- Castillo Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Carbochemical Research Group. University of Cartagena, Colombia
  • Arnulfo Tarón Dunoyer Faculty of Engineering, University of Cartagena, Colombia
  • Jairo Mercado Camargo Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. University of Cartagena, Colombia



chili pepper, coal, eggplant, humic acids, plant growth


The Humic substance has been recognized widely as a plant growth promoter because they induce changes in root, architecture and dynamics of growth which result in larger root size. The aim of this study was evaluating the effect Humic acids on the chili pepper (Capsicum annuum) and eggplant (Solanum melongena) plants growing in soils fertilized with urea. 200 g of soil were incorporated to the fertilizer once and the Humic acid in concentrations of 0.05%, 0.1% and 0.2%. All measurements growths were carried out during 45 days growth. The finding shows that all treatments cause significant increases (p < 0.05) in the total area of roots. For the chili pepper, the multiple comparison tests of Tukey and Dunnett showed that there was a statistically significant difference between the control soils and the soils containing 0.1% and 0.2% of Humic acid. By the opposite, no statistical differences (p > 0.05) were observed among control soil and those containing 0.05 % of Humic acid. Concerning the eggplant, significant differences were established (p<0.05) between the control and samples incorporated with 0.1% and 0.2% of Humic acid. The Humic acids act as a growth biostimulant in chili pepper plants (Capsicum annuum) and eggplant (Solanum melongena).


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Castillo, F. C.-., A. T. Dunoyer, and J. M. Camargo. “Agricultural Soils Strengthening Employing Humic Acids and Its Effect on Plant Growth Chilli Pepper and Eggplant”. Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture, vol. 30, no. 11, Dec. 2018, pp. 941-5, doi:10.9755/ejfa.2018.v30.i11.1845.



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