Influence of Spirulina platensis on Growth of Chinese Cabbage as A Biostimulant

Open Access

Year : 2022 | Volume : | Issue : 2 | Page : 23-33

    Sharmi J. Kumar

  1. Preeti Mehta

  1. Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India
  2. Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology, Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India


In this article products derived from a blue-green microalgae filtrate of Spirulina platensis (used for seed soaking and foliar spray) were tested in the cultivation of microgreen Chinese cabbage or bok choy or Brassica rapa spp chinensis. The effect of shoot length, root length, multielemental composition was studied using inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry, multielemental analyses of algal products and chinese cabbage were conducted inductive coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). The best soaking time and concentration of filtrate were established. As a foliar spray, 15% filtrate has been used. The algal products used enhanced the element content of seedlings. The collected results demonstrated that algal extracts have a strong potential for use in modern horticulture and agriculture. The use of Spirulina-based products promotes the use of sustainable agriculture to ensure adequate food production to meet the needs of a growing population while also preserving the environment.

Keywords: Spirulina platensis, Filtrate, Foliar spray, Seed soaking, Multielemental, Biostimulant

[This article belongs to International Journal of Plant Biotechnology(ijpb)]

How to cite this article: Sharmi J. Kumar, Preeti Mehta Influence of Spirulina platensis on Growth of Chinese Cabbage as A Biostimulant ijpb 2022; 8:23-33
How to cite this URL: Sharmi J. Kumar, Preeti Mehta Influence of Spirulina platensis on Growth of Chinese Cabbage as A Biostimulant ijpb 2022 {cited 2022 Sep 26};8:23-33. Available from:

Full Text PDF Download

Browse Figures


1. Uddin AF, Rakibuzzaman M, Foliar application of Spirulina and Oscillatoria on growth and yield of okra as bio-fertilizer. Journal of Bioscience and Agriculture Research. 2019;22(02):1840-4.
2. Gitau MM, Farkas A, Strain-Specific Biostimulant Effects of Chlorella and Chlamydomonas Green Microalgae on Medicago truncatula. Plants. 2021 May 25;10(6):1060.
3. Shedeed ZA, Gheda S, Spirulina platensis Biofertilization for Enhancing Growth, Photosynthetic Capacity and Yield of Lupinus luteus. Agriculture. 2022 May 29;12(6):781.
4. Treadwell D, Hochmuth R, Landrum L, Laughlin W. Microgreens: A New Specialty Crop: HS1164, rev. 9/2020. Edis. 2020 Sep 21;2020(5).
5. Nidasesi Deepa and Daneshwari Malladadavar. 2020. Microgreens: The treasure of NutrientsInt.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci 2020. 9(2): 18-23.
6. S.Krupanidhi et al. , Simplifed Method for the Cultivation of Spirulina for Domestic use. Int J biotech & bioeng (2017). 3:4, 107-108.
7. Babushkina EA, Belokopytova LV, Variation of the hydrological regime of Bele-Shira closed basin in Southern Siberia and its reflection in the radial growth of Larix sibirica. Regional Environmental Change. 2017 Aug;17(6):1725-37.
8. Ellis RH, Roberts EH. The quantification of ageing and survival in orthodox seeds. Seed Science and Technology (Netherlands). 1981.
9. Ruan S. Effects of seed priming on germination and health of rice (Oryza sativa L.) seeds. Seed Science and Technol. 2002;30:451-8.
10. Sow S, Ranjan S. Cultivation of Spirulina: An innovative approach to boost up agricultural productivity.
11. Tuhy Ł, Samoraj M, Witkowska Z, Chojnacka K. Biofortification of maize with micronutrients by Spirulina. Open Chemistry. 2015 Jan 1;13(1).
12. Anitha L, Bramari GS, Kalpana P. Effect of supplementation of Spirulina platensis to enhance the zinc status in plants of Amaranthus gangeticus, Phaseolus aureus and tomato. Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology. 2016 Jun 23;7(6):289-99.
13. Wuang SC, Khin MC, Chua PQ, Luo YD. Use of Spirulina biomass produced from treatment of aquaculture wastewater as agricultural fertilizers. Algal research. 2016 Apr 1;15:59-64.
14. Singh RP, Prasad PV, Reddy KR. Climate change: implications for stakeholders in genetic resources and seed sector. Advances in agronomy. 2015 Jan 1;129:117-80.
15. Nawrocka D, Kornicka K, Spirulina platensis improves mitochondrial function impaired by elevated oxidative stress in adipose-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (ASCs) and intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) and enhances insulin sensitivity in equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) horses. Marine drugs. 2017 Aug 3;15(8):237.
16. Kennedy G. The scourge of”” hidden hunger””; global dimensions of micronutrient deficiencies. Food, Nutri. Agric. 2002;32. Burchi F, Fanzo J, Frison E (2011) The role of food and nutrition system approaches in tackling hidden hunger. Int J Environ Res Public Health 8:358–373.

Regular Issue Open Access Article
Volume 8
Issue 2
Received August 21, 2022
Accepted September 7, 2022
Published September 26, 2022