Influence of Colored Plastic Mulch on the Leaf Calcium, Ascorbic Acid and Chlorophyll Content of Leaf Lettuce (<i>Lactuca sativa</i> L.)
Keywords:Lactuca sativa L. leaf calcium, ascorbic acid, colored plastic mulch
Two lettuce varieties Looseleaf and Romaine were evaluated and grown in a vegetable experimental station to determine the effect of different colored plastic mulch (silver, red, orange, yellow and green) on calcium, ascorbic acid and chlorophyll content of leaf lettuce. Results of the study showed that lettuce when grown with red plastic mulch had higher ascorbic acid content (11.78mg/100g) compared with other colored plastic mulch. However, lettuce grown with yellow plastic mulch had higher leaf calcium (777mg/l), chlorophyll a (7.92ug/ml) and chlorophyll b (11.53ug/ml) content compared with those grown with the other colored plastic mulch. The results showed that the different colored plastic mulch had significant influence on the ascorbic acid, leaf calcium and chlorophyll content of leaf lettuce.
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