Nur Akmal Rebitanim, Nur Zalikha Rebitanim, Nur Shuhada Tajudin
Laboratory of Plantation Crops, Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Department of Plant Science, Kulliyyah of Science, International Islamic University Malaysia, 25200 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
Key words: Plant diseases, silicon, rice, resistance
In the Asia regions, the most important staple food consumed by nearly one-half of the world’s population is the rice. However, important diseases of rice namely blast, brown spot, sheath blight and grain discoloration are major limitations on rice production and are becoming more severe on rice grown in silicon (Si) depleted soils, with blast being the most devastating disease. This review presents the research findings on the role of Si in plant protection against diseases, focusing on rice. Absorption of Si in plants takes place in the form of monosilicic acid and rice is known for its capability to actively absorb Si in high amounts. The possible mechanisms of Si mediated alleviation of disease infection are also being explored in this paper.
Get the original articles in Source: Volume 6, Number 3, March 2015 – IJAAR
Published By: International Network for Natural Sciences