Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor, Young Researchers and Elite Club, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Faculty of Agriculture, Khorasgan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran


In order to evaluate the effect of different culture media on chemical and quantitative characteristics of Marigold, an experiment was conducted in completely randomized design with eight treatments and three replications in Islamic Azad University of Isfahan (Khorasgan) branch during the year of 2014. The treatments were including garden soil, garden soil + spent mushroom compost, garden soil + spent mushroom compost + rice bran, garden soil + spent mushroom compost + rice bran + manure, garden soil + rice bran, garden soil + rice bran + manure, garden soil + spent mushroom compost + manure, garden soil + manure. The results showed that increasing manure in various treatments enhanced carotenoids and anthocyanin in Marigold, so that the highest carotenoids and anthocyanin was observed in the combined treatment of manure, but adding rice bran and garden soil alone reduced carotenoids and anthocyanin in Marigold. The effect of the combined media (garden soil + spent mushroom compost + rice bran + manure) increased content of leaf flaveonoids, but absent of manure and mushroom compost significantly decreased them. The chemical compositions of Marigold were Delta-Cadinene, Gamma-Cadinene and Phthalic acid. The highest Delta-Cadinene obtained from spent mushroom compost + garden soil + manure medium.


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