The aim of this work was to determine if PAW (Plasma Activated Water) seed treatment and growing conditions could have positive effects on lettuce seedlings and growth. The paper presents the results of a pot experiment on lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) cultivation in greenhouse and field conditions after seed treatment with PAW.
The experiment was conducted in two consecutive seasons in 2021 and 2022, and the following growth parameters were measured: head mass, rosette height, rosette width, number of leaves, root mass, and root length. As a result of the study, it was found that lettuces grown in the greenhouse from PAW-treated seeds had higher results in the first measurement for both cultivars (mass 32.26%, diameter 19.01%, number of leaves 13.49%, and height 24.01%), while there were no statistically significant effects on the root system.
The lowest results were obtained in untreated and field-grown plants. In addition, plant dry matter was measured, and it was found that plants grown from PAW-treated seeds had a higher percentage of dry matter (11.51% in 2021 and 11.58% in 2022). It was also found that cultivation in a greenhouse resulted in a better quality of plants than cultivation in the open field.
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Romanjek Fajdetić, Nataša & Benković-Lačić, Teuta & Mirosavljević, Krunoslav & Antunović, Slavica & Benković, Robert & Rakić, Mario & Milošević, Slobodan & Japundžić-Palenkić, Božica. (2022). Influence of Seed Treated by Plasma Activated Water on the Growth of Lactuca sativa L.. Sustainability. 14. 16237. 10.3390/su142316237.