Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 1, Issue 1,2003
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Role of grafting in horticultural plants under stress conditions


Rosa M. Rivero, Juan M. Ruiz, Luis Romero *

Recieved Date: 2002-09-27, Accepted Date: 2002-12-21


The cultivation of grafted plants have gradually increased in the last years. As the use of this technique spread, the aims also expanded until today when grafting serves a spectrum of purposes: (1) to boost plant growth and development; (2) to control wilt caused by pathogens; (3) to reduce viral, fungal and bacterial infection; (4) to strengthen tolerance to thermal or saline stress; (5) to increase nutrient and mineral uptake to the shoot, etc. Throughout this review, we have examined the advantages of grafting plants for current agriculture, these being: resistance to evermore frequent soil diseases; tolerance of low temperatures characteristic of many latitudes of the world where intensive cultivation is economically important; tolerance to the growing problem of salinity from abuse of chemical fertilizers and desertification in many agricultural zones; and enhanced water and inorganic-nutrient uptake. All these advantages provide motivation for grafting in present-day world agriculture.


Grafting, soil pathogens, salt stress, thermal stress, mineral nutrition

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2003
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 70-74

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