Tuesday, October 09, 2018 by Edsel Cook
A new study compared the effects of chemical fertilizers and organic fertilizers on the crop yield of sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum). They found that while synthetic fertilizers increased the amount of biomass, organic treatment improved the concentration of plant-based compounds that made up valuable essential oil in the aromatic plant.
The University of Iasi supported this study. The results appeared in the journal Industrial Crops and Products.
The study showed that the type of fertilizer used to improve the soil can directly affect the plant-based compounds that comprise the essential oil from sweet basil.
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Babahmad RA, Aghraz A, Boutafda A, Papazoglou EG, Tarantilis PA, Kanakis C, Hafidi M, Ouhdouch Y, Outzourhit A, Ouhammou A. CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF ESSENTIAL OIL OF JATROPHA CURCAS L. LEAVES AND ITS ANTIOXIDANT AND ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITIES. Industrial Crops and Products. 2018;121:405–410. DOI: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2018.05.030.