Silicon is Essential for Rice
By: Jian F. Ma , Research Institute for Bioresources in Japan
A review of literature and trial work by Jian F. Ma from the Research Institute for Bioresources in Japan shows that there is clear evidence that:
- Silicon is an essential element for higher plants, such as rice because “it has been shown that Si deficiency causes various abnormalities in the plant”
- Beneficial effects of silicon are increased photosynthetic activity, increased insect and disease resistance, reduced mineral toxicity, improvement to nutrient imbalances and enhanced drought and frost tolerance
- Silicon is probably the only element which is able to enhance the resistance to multiple stresses. “Silicon has been recognised in Japan as an agronomically essential element”.
Jian F. Ma. Research Institute for Bioresources, Okayama University, Chuo 2-20-1, Kurashiki, 710-0046, Japan.
“Silicon Requirement for Rice” Presented at the III Silicon in Agriculture Conference in Brazil, 2005.