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Title: Effect of nano-silver particles on postharvest life of Lilium orientalis cv. 'Shocking'

Authors: Seyed Hossein Nemati; Behnam Esfandiyari; Ali Tehranifar; Azar Rezaei; Seyed Jamal Ashrafi

Addresses: Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Zip code: 9177948974, Mashhad, Iran ' Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Zip code: 9177948974, Mashhad, Iran ' Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Zip code: 9177948974, Mashhad, Iran ' Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Zip code: 9177948974, Mashhad, Iran ' Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Zip code: 9177948974, Mashhad, Iran

Abstract: Prolongation of vase life of cut lilies (Lilium orientalis cv. 'Shocking') was studied in vase containing 5, 15, 25, 35 ppm of nano-silver solutions and deionised water as control under controlled conditions. All nano-silver treatments extended the longevity of cut flowers in comparison to control but the concentration of 35 ppm showed the highest vase solution uptake, initial fresh weight and lowest bacteria colony during first two days of vase life. Plant or bacteria extract did not affect nano-particles stability. The use of nano-silver particles at 35 ppm is recommended to improve postharvest life of Lilium orientalis cv. 'Shocking'.

Keywords: Lilium orientalis cv.; vascular occlusion; silver nanoparticles; postharvest life; bacteria; vase life; cut lilies; nanotechnology; deionised water; longevity; cut flowers.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPTI.2014.064143

International Journal of Postharvest Technology and Innovation, 2014 Vol.4 No.1, pp.46 - 53

Available online: 02 Aug 2014 *

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