Vol. 27 (2021)

Effects of silicon in plants with particular reference to horticultural crops - Review article

Published July 21, 2021
O. Bat-Erdene
Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Plant Physiology and Plant Ecology, 1118 Budapest, Ménesi str 44, Hungary; Mongolian University of Life Science, Plant Protection Research Institute, Forest, pastures conservation-restoration laboratory, 210153, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Dr. Anita Szegő
Department of Plant Physiology and Plant Biochemistry, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences
M. Gyöngyik
Department of Plant Physiology and Plant Biochemistry, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Dr. Iman Mirmazloum
Department of Plant Physiology and Plant Biochemistry, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Prof. István Papp
Department of Plant Physiology and Plant Biochemistry, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Bat-Erdene, O., Szegő, A., Gyöngyik, M., Mirmazloum, I., & Papp, I. (2021). Effects of silicon in plants with particular reference to horticultural crops - Review article. International Journal of Horticultural Science, 27, 95–105. https://doi.org/10.31421/ijhs/27/2021/9096

Silicon (Si) has long been considered as non-essential element for plant’s growth and production. Numerous efforts are being made for the discovery of its beneficial effects with large scale studies laying foundation for new findings and hypotheses. Therefore, Si has been suggested to be a quasi-essential element due to its positive effects against biotic and abiotic stresses alike. Though Si is the second most abundant element in the soil profile, its availability to plants is limited to the form of monosilicic acid only. Besides, plants’ ability to take-up Si and use it in their physiological processes also depends on the available transporters associated with it. Thus, the present review covers uptake and transport of silicon in plants as well as Si mediated physiological processes, including mechanisms underlying induced tolerance against biotic and abiotic stresses with a particular emphasis on horticultural species.


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