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Humic substances (HS) as plant biostimulants in agriculture

Code: 9781786768261
Andrea Ertani, Università degli Studi di Padova and Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy; and Michela Schiavon and Serenella Nardi, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy

Chapter synopsis: This chapter reviews how humic substances (HS) can be used as plant biostimulants in agriculture. It begins by describing how humic substances are produced and highlights different characteristics of these substances. It then goes on to review how humic substances can be used in terms of plant growth and their effects on the physical and chemical properties of soil. The chapter also provides a section on the biological activities of humic substances, and how humic products are used commercially. The chapter concludes by corroborating all the research together and emphasises the main issues encountered when studying the effects of humic substances on plants and soils.

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Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Production and characteristics of humic substances 3 Humic substances and plant nutrition 4 Effects of humic substances on soil 5 Biological activities of humic substances 6 Commercial humates in agriculture 7 Conclusions 8 References
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