Selection of colored plastic-mulching films for the production of mini-tomatoes in the field




Solanum lycopersicum; Crop system; Microclimate; Soil temperature.


The objective of this research was to evaluate the effect of three plastic-mulching films of different colors in the cultivation of mini-tomato in the field. Two experiments were carried out: the first being sown in the summer and the second in the winter. Mini-tomatoes plants with distinct growing habit (determinate and indeterminate) were used and three plastic-mulching film color (black, black/silver, black/white) compared to control (uncovered soil) were tested. The design was in randomized blocks, 2x4 factorial schemes, with four repetitions. Soil temperature, productivity performance and quality of mini-tomatoes were determined. The plastic-mulching films increase the average soil temperature according to the color used. In summer, although small, the black/silver film improves the productive capacity of the mini-tomato with determined growth habit; however, none affects the total soluble solids content. In winter, the black plastic-mulching film favored the soluble solids content of both genotypes and the productivity of the indeterminate. The black plastic-mulching film is suggested as soil cover to produce mini-tomatoes in field conditions during the winter. In summer, low fruit yield quality can makes this technique unfeasible under field conditions.


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SILVA, V. J. da .; SILVA, C. R. da .; ATARASSI, R. T. .; MACIEL, G. M. Selection of colored plastic-mulching films for the production of mini-tomatoes in the field. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 13, n. 3, p. e8313345247, 2024. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v13i3.45247. Disponível em: Acesso em: 15 jun. 2024.



Agrarian and Biological Sciences