Production and water use efficiency of peanut under salt stress and soil cover


  • Juvenaldo Canjá Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • Jonnathan Sales Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • Luciana Pinho Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • Naara Sousa Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • Claudivan Lacerda Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • Geocleber Sousa UNILAB


Arachis hypogaea L. Salinity. Salt tolerance.


Proper management of brackish water can increase plant production in the Brazilian semi-arid region. The objective of this study was to evaluate the production performance and water use efficiency of two peanut genotypes irrigated with brackish water during the reproductive stage, in soil with and without soil cover. The study was conducted in a greenhouse. The experimental design used was randomized blocks, with four replicates, in a 2 x 2 x 2 factorial scheme (two electrical conductivities of irrigation water - ECw 0.9 and 5.0 dS m-1, two peanut genotypes - AC 130 and cv. BR1, and the presence or absence of soil cover). At 72 days after sowing, harvest was performed and the following variables were evaluated: number of marketable pods, number of non-marketable pods, pod mass, diameter and length, production and water use efficiency. Salinity impacted production more than the water use efficiency in the two peanut genotypes, with the relative reduction in production being higher in cv. BR-1. Soil cover with dead plant material mitigated the effects of salinity on production and increased water use efficiency, only in genotype AC 130.






Engenharia Agrícola