Ecological nutrient solutions on yield and quality of melon fruits
Want tastier melons? Who doesn't!?!? Agricultural Scientists in Mexico wanted to see if using natural growing techniques could produce melons equal to or better than melons grown using synthetic fertilizers.
To do this experiment, 4 different treatments were applied to melon plants growing in a greenhouse. The treatments were: Compost Tea, Vermicompost Tea, Vermicompost Leachate, and Synthetic Nutrient Solution. The melon were treated weekly and at the end of the season, the harvests were weighed and assayed. Yields, Brix, phenolic content, antioxidant content, and soluble solids were all determined in the laboratory.
The scientists found that the yields were all similar, however the nutritional benefits of the natural growing solutions were significantly greater. Higher soluble solid content in the compost tea treatment indicates that the fruits contained more "stuff" and less water. Part of that "stuff" is measured in Brix, which is another word for sugar content. The compost tea had the highest Brix reading of the soluble solids. This translates into sweeter fruits. Combined with the greater antioxidant capacity, it's clear that melons grown with natural methods are tastier and healthier. !!!Muchas gracias a los cientificos por la informacion azuca!!!