The garden pansy is a versatile gardening plant. It produces beautiful colorful edible flowers with high value in gourmet cuisine. The use of irrigation and biotechnology in garden pansy cultivation can provide gains in flower productivity and nutritional value. The goal of this study was to evaluate the growth and edible flower production in garden pansy plants submitted to different levels of irrigation and mycorrhizal inoculation. The experiment was conducted in randomized blocks in the 2 x 5 factorial design, with the presence and absence of mycorrhizal inoculation in combination with 5 levels of irrigation with 6 replicates in a greenhouse. There was no significant interaction between the factors of mycorrhizal inoculation and irrigation levels by the F test. Under the tested conditions, the mycorrhizal inoculation was unable to provide significant changes in the growth, development, and flowering of garden pansy plants. It was concluded that no symbiotic efficiency was pointed out between the mycorrhizal fungus used and garden pansy plants. The best growth and yield results for cultivating and producing edible flowers of garden pansies were obtained at the 100% replenishment level of water evaporation. Keywords Viola × wittrockiana; floriculture; water deficit; mycorrhizal fungi
Gonçalves, Joelma & Júnior, João & de Souza, Francisco & Silva, Ana & Ferraz, Leila. (2023). Production of edible flowers: irrigation and biotechnology. Revista Ceres. 70. 1-12. 10.1590/0034-737x202370020001.
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