Psyche: A Journal of Entomology / 2012 / Article / Tab 1

Research Article

Effects of Soil Quality Enhancement on Pollinator-Plant Interactions

Table 1

Effect of soil treatment on cucumber flower traits in field assays. Two-way choice in 2008 and 2009 included CF (potting soil plus Osmocote 14-14-14 at the label rate) and VC (potting soil plus 33% vermicompost) treatments. Four way choice field assays in 2010 included CF, VC, NF (potting soil without fertilizer), and VCEQ (potting soil plus slow release fertilizer with equivalent NPK as those provided by vermicompost) treatments. Values present means ± SE from 11, 14, and 8 replicates for each season, respectively. Means within rows followed by the same superscript letter are not significantly different (Tukey’s mean separation test, ).

YearResponse variableCFVCNFVCEQ

2008Number flowers9.6 ± 0.87a9.0 ± 0.41aNANA
Flowering time (d)30 ± 0.50a27.8 ± 0.52bNANA
Flower weight (g)0.2 ± 0.01a0.23 ± 0.00bNANA
2009Number flowers12.8 ± 1.44a12.8 ± 1.28aNANA
Flowering time (d)30.7 ± 0.22a29.4 ± 0.17bNANA
Flower weight (g)0.23 ± 0.01a0.25 ± 0.01bNANA
2010Number flowers9.8 ± 0.1.36b6.3 ± 0.41a4.6 ± 0.29a5.1 ± 0.33a
Flower time (d)NANANANA
Flower weight (g)0.25 ± 0.01b0.32 ± 0.01c0.23 ± 0.01ab0.20 ± 0.01a