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Plants, Volume 6, Issue 3 (September 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) In this study, we investigated the potential for silicon soil amendment to augment the resistance [...] Read more. In this study, we investigated the potential for silicon soil amendment to augment the resistance of rice against multiple insect pests in a three-year field study. Ideally, management of pests should integrate multiple tactics such as host plant resistance, insecticide application and cultural practices, and it is important to understand how silicon soil amendment can contribute to a multi-component management program. Overall, the effect of soil silicon amendment was found to be weaker than the effects of both insecticidal seed treatment and variety. However, this was among the first to document effects of silicon on a root-feeding pest in the field. Despite the weak effect of silicon on insect pests, silicon could still play an important role in rice production considering the positive effects on yield and disease suppression. View the paper