The Role of Aquasource Moisture Absorbent in Water Productivity of Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Agricultural Engineering Research Institute (AERI), Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Karaj, Iran.

2 Professor of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Agricultural Engineering Research Institute (AERI), Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Karaj, Iran.


Drought and water shortage in Iran is a climatic fact and due to the growing need for water in different sectors, this problem will become more acute in the coming years. Therefore, managing water consumption and applying advanced techniques in the agricultural sector as the largest consumer of water in the country, can be very helpful. One of the most effective strategies to improve water productivity in agricultural sector is to use hydrogel polymers to improve soil texture, increase soil water retention, reduce erosion and increase germination (Nirmala and Guvvali, 2019). However, in general, due to differences in the synthesis and chemical structure of polymers, the water uptake and storage capacity of these hydrophilic polymers are different, and hence their effect on changes in soil moisture and storage capacity will be very different (Yu et al ., 2017). The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of different levels of Aquasource hydrogel on yield, yield components and water productivity of peppermint (Mentha piperita) at different irrigation intervals.


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Volume 44, Issue 4
January 2022
Pages 29-44
  • Receive Date: 10 July 2020
  • Revise Date: 06 February 2021
  • Accept Date: 09 February 2021
  • Publish Date: 22 December 2021