Soil Solarization: A Sustainable Strategy of Soil Pest, Disease and Weed Management

Authors

  • A. Visuvasa Anto Shiny Dept. of Agronomy, Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu (641 114), India
  • A. Ajay Arockia Iraiyanban Dept. of Agronomy, Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu (641 114), India

Keywords:

Plastic, Soil, Solarization, Weed

Abstract

Use of translucent polyethylene plastic mulch as a pre-plant method of soil disinfestation, known as "soil solarization" (SS), aims to eliminate or significantly reduce crop pests, dormant weed seeds and current weed seedlings. The aim is to create a “greenhouse effect”. Weed and other plant pests are eliminated if the temperature in the soil and beneath the plastic film gets hot enough. Weeds are a significant problem in crop production. Weed scientists are now facing new challenges, especially because of the rise in herbicide resistance and residues from herbicides. The most effective method of controlling pre-emergent weeds is soil solarization; it leaves no toxic residues and is currently adopted all over the world. When plants are planted in solarized soil, they frequently grow more quickly and give higher-quality, more abundant crops.

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Published

2024-06-28

How to Cite

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Shiny, A.V.A. and Iraiyanban, A.A.A. 2024. Soil Solarization: A Sustainable Strategy of Soil Pest, Disease and Weed Management. Biotica Research Today. 6, 6 (Jun. 2024), 355–358.

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