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International Journal of Horticultural Science and Technology is a peer-reviewed open access multidisciplinary journal. The Journal accepts and publishes research works/articles in English that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence in all areas related to horticultural science with the ultimate goal of expanding knowledge of the subject and contributing to the existing science and literature. The Journal has planned to: (i) stimulate scientific research among horticulture scholars and scientists all around the world and (ii) provide a forum for the exchange of information and dissemination of knowledge in the horticultural science 


ISO Abbreviation: Int. J. Hortic. Sci. Technol.

Frequency: Quarterly

Peer Review Policy: Double Blind Peer Review

Language: English

       Open Access Journal Support 


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Characterization of Fungal Isolates Associated with Rhizospheric Indigenous Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) from Different Plant Species in Mwea, Mitunguu, and Juja in Central Kenya (Volume 12, Issue 1 , January 2025, Pages 1-16)


Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are associated with plant roots and exhibit beneficial impacts such as stress tolerance, better nutrient uptake, and water absorption. These functions have opened the door to research opportunities for considering other fungi associated with AMF on the root rhizosphere. This study aimed to characterize fungal isolates associated with rhizospheric indigenous AMF from different plant species, i.e., banana, grass, and papaya, in three agroecologies, i.e., Mwea, Mitunguu, and Juja in Central Kenya. A total of 30 fungal isolates were isolated from soil samples through the pour plate technique. The isolates had diverse microscopic morphological characteristics, describable in form, margin, color, size, and surface. Physiochemical parameters showed varied growth at different pH values, temperatures, and salinity levels. Optimal growth appeared at pH 7.0, 30-35 °C, and 0-0.5 M NaCl salinity. The internal transcribed spacer (ITS) and AMF subunit sequences showed a level of diversity similar to Aspergillus spp. Ajellomyces spp., Fusarium spp., Trichoderma spp., Penicillium spp., Glomus spp., and Diversispora spp. In conclusion, there was a symbiotic relationship between AMF and other fungal isolates.

Fig. Phylogenetic tree of fungal isolates from the Mwea, Mitunguu, and Juja areas, Central Kenya. Rhizospheric soils were based on ITS, AML1, and AML2 sequences.


Research paper
Characterization of Fungal Isolates Associated with Rhizospheric Indigenous Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) from Different Plant Species in Mwea, Mitunguu, and Juja in Central Kenya

Jacinta Muiruri; Agnes Kavoo; Mwashasha Rashid Mwajita; Fredah K. Rimberia; Tofick B Wekesa

Volume 12, Issue 1 , January 2025, Pages 1-16


  Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are associated with plant roots and exhibit beneficial impacts such as stress tolerance, better nutrient uptake, and water absorption. These functions have opened the door to research opportunities for considering other fungi associated with AMF on the root rhizosphere. ...  Read More

Research paper
Supplementary Pollination Effect on the Postharvest Quality of Hayward Kiwifruit during Cold Storage

Malek Ghasemi; Mohammad Ali Shiri

Volume 12, Issue 1 , January 2025, Pages 17-30


  The current research applied four methods of supplementary pollination from male flowers of kiwifruit (cv. Tomori). These methods were open pollination, hand pollination, spray pollination with pure pollen, and spray pollination with impure pollen, collected from the entrance of bee hives at the time ...  Read More

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Melatonin and Chitosan Coating Effects on Banana Postharvest Life and Physiological Traits

Mousa Arshad; Masoud Haghshenas

Volume 12, Issue 1 , January 2025, Pages 31-42


  Fruit ripening involves marked physiological and biochemical changes that affect fruit color, taste, aroma, texture, and nutritional value. A significant amount of research has shown that chitosan interacts with other postharvest treatments, which can enhance the impact of the chitosan coating. This ...  Read More

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Enhancing Freesia (Freesia armstrongii) Growth and Yield through Trichoderma-Mediated Biocontrol of Fusarium Wilt

Nibras Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar; Azizolah Khandan-Mirkohi; Seyed Alireza Salami; Hossein Saremi; Samira Shahbazi

Volume 12, Issue 1 , January 2025, Pages 43-58


  The current research explored the biocontrol ability of two strains of Trichoderma fungi on infected Freesia corm by Fusarium disease. Enhancements in plant growth and performance were evaluated in response to the Trichoderma fungi in laboratory and greenhouse conditions. Laboratory experiments included ...  Read More

Research paper
Effects of Ethrel® as Ripening Treatment for Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) Pods

Vences Cuyno Valleser; Jean L Valleser

Volume 12, Issue 1 , January 2025, Pages 59-68


  Ethrel®, which contains ethylene, is used as a fruit ripening treatment. However, no information is available on its application as an artificial ripening agent for cacao pods. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of varying ethephon concentrations (0, 1000, 2500, and 5000 ppm) on cacao ripening ...  Read More

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Effects of Salicylic Acid on Photosynthetic Pigments, Osmolytes, and Antioxidant Enzyme Activities in White Savory (Satureja mutica Fisch.) Exposed to Various Salt Levels

Borzou Yousefi; Roya Karamian

Volume 12, Issue 1 , January 2025, Pages 69-82


  White savory (Satureja mutica Fisch.) is an oil-bearing plant with applications in traditional medicine, pharmaceutical industries, and food additives in homemade dishes. The current research comprised a greenhouse experiment in a factorial arrangement based on a completely randomized design (CRD). It ...  Read More

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A Preliminary Experimental Protocol for Enhanced Tomato Callus Formation and Growth via Several Medicinal Plant Extracts

Omid Sohrabi; Abdollah Hatamzadeh; Azim Ghasemnezhad; Habibollah Samizadeh; Vahid Erfani-moghadam

Volume 12, Issue 1 , January 2025, Pages 83-100


  Medicinal plants have been used historically for various treatments and in human nutrition. Due to their natural occurrence and biodegradability, medicinal plants can be an eco-friendly alternative to toxic chemicals such as pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides. An in vitro experiment was conducted ...  Read More

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Improving Morphological and Physiological Parameters of Rose Flowers by Biofertilizer Application in a Hydroponic System

Mina Taghizadeh; Mohammad Ali Arab; Mosa Solgi

Volume 12, Issue 1 , January 2025, Pages 101-114


  Yield quality and quantity in hydroponic greenhouses usually rely on optimum crop root health and effective nutrient mobility. This study evaluated the effects of applying arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and biochar on different growth characteristics of commercial rose cultivars in a hydroponic cultivation ...  Read More

Research paper
Correlation Between Morphological Traits and Vigor in Plum Seedlings

Mitra Rahmati; Mehdi Rezaee

Volume 12, Issue 1 , January 2025, Pages 115-126


  Indicators for predicting the quality and vigor of fruit tree seedlings can be worthwhile if they are conveniently and visually assessable in various climatic regions. Since allometric relationships exist between plum seedling vigor index and morphological traits, this study evaluated morphological features ...  Read More

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Investigation of Natural Variation in Gas Exchange, Water Relations, and Quantum Yield among Sweet Gourd Hybrids

Rahima Khatoon; Md. Mokter Hossain; Limu Akter

Volume 12, Issue 1 , January 2025, Pages 127-144


  Sweet gourd (Cucurbita moschata Duch ex Poir) has a high production volume in Bangladesh and holds third rank next to eggplant and radish. Salinity affects almost all growth and physiological aspects of the plant development and eventually reduces yield. Identifying salt tolerance among genetic resources ...  Read More

Cultivation, Nutritional Value, and Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit (Hylocereus spp.): a Review

Farid Md. Hossain; Sharker Md. Numan Numan; Shaheen Akhtar

Volume 8, Issue 3 , September 2021, , Pages 259-269


  This review is planned to discuss the cultivation technology, nutritional values and health benefits of Dragon fruit. Dragon fruit plant has wide adaptability and grown well in slightly heavy texture soils. Plants are commonly propagated by stem cuttings. Flower buds are emerging after 15-18 months of ...  Read More

Growth and Photosynthetic Performance of Calendula officinalis under Monochromatic Red Light

Sasan Aliniaeifard; Mehdi Seif; Mostafa Arab; Mahboobeh Zare Mehrjerdi; Tao Li; Oksana Lastochkina

Volume 5, Issue 1 , June 2018, , Pages 123-132


  Light is the driving force for plant photosynthesis. Different attributes of light (e.g. intensity, spectrum and duration) can influence plant growth and development. We studied growth and photosystem II performance ofEnglish marigold cut flowers under red (635-665 nm) and white (420-700 nm) LEDs. Although ...  Read More

Challenges and Opportunities in Tomato Production Chain and Sustainable Standards

Dennis Maina Gatahi

Volume 7, Issue 3 , September 2020, , Pages 235-262


  Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) is an important member of the Solanaceae family. It is mainly used as food and cash crop globally. Tomato also serves as an ornamental plant in some parts of the world. In urban areas, this crop is included in the foodscaping systems where it is grown in hanging baskets, ...  Read More

Effect of Postharvest Calcium Chloride Treatment on the Storage Life and Quality of Persimmon Fruits (Diospyros kaki Thunb.) cv. ‘Karaj’

Maryam Bagheri; Mahmood Esna-Ashari; Ahmad Ershadi

Volume 2, Issue 1 , June 2015, , Pages 15-26


  The objective of this study was to evaluate the storage life and quality of persimmon (Diospyros kaki Thunb.) fruit cv. ‘Karaj’ stored at 0°C for 4 months after postharvest calcium chloride treatment. Fruit weight loss, fruit firmness, total soluble solids, titratable acidity, total phenolic ...  Read More

Agrobacterium-Mediated Transformation of Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) ‘Yousef Khani’ Using the Gus Reporter Gene

Babak Valizadeh Kaji; Ahmad Ershadi; Masoud Tohidfar

Volume 1, Issue 1 , June 2014, , Pages 31-41


  In this study, an efficient Agrobacterium-mediated transformation method was developed forpomegranate (Punica granatum L.), a difficult-to-transform plant. In vitro shoot segments wereinoculated with Agrobacterium tumefaciens strain LBA4404 harboring the binary vectorpBI121 carrying the neomycin phosphotransferase ...  Read More

Research paper
Does Urban Agriculture Help to Win the Battle Against Food Insecurity? Evidence from City Administrations of Gurage Zone, Southern Ethiopia

Tatek Tamiru Geletu

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 01 April 2025


  With rising wealth and population, there will be a greater need for food in cities. This study was made to assess the impact of urban agriculture on improving food security in four town administrations of Gurage zone. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected from primary and secondary sources. ...  Read More

Research paper
Germination Capacity of Artemisia umbelliformis Lam. Wild Populations and Agro-techniques to Enhance Seedling Production

Matteo Caser; Eric Mozzanini; Andrea Mainetti; Íris Marisa Maxaieie Victorino; Erica Lumini; Sonia Demasi; Valeria Bianciotto; Laura Poggio; Valentina Scariot

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 01 April 2025


  Artemisia umbelliformis Lam. is an alpine herbaceous species which grows in the wild and used in the production of the génépi’ liqueur, and with interest as ingredient in other food products. The propagation and cultivation have become the only way to ensure a supply chain for this ...  Read More

Research paper
Seed Priming with Vegetal Protein Hydrolysate Enhances Germination and Early Seedling Growth in Cucumis sativus L.

Mohammad Saadatian; Kanara Saleem; Haval Abdullah

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 01 April 2025


  Cucumber is widely cultivated worldwide, occupying significant agricultural acreage. The present research aims to evaluate the seed priming potential of Vegetal Protein Hydrolysate (VPH) to improve early seedling growth and seed germination of cucumber. We assessed two concentrations of VPH (2 and 4 ...  Read More

Research paper
The Effect of Chitosan Coating on the Biochemical Properties of Sweet Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) during the Storage Period

Razieh Emadifar; Gholam-Reza Sharifi; Abdol-Majid Mirzaalian-Dastjerdi

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 01 April 2024


  Some of the limitations of storage, marketing, and export of bell pepper (Capsicum annum L.) are the rapid ripening after harvest and microbial spoilage, which reduce the qualitative properties of the fruit and exacerbate the spoilage of the fruit. These problems can be prevented by postharvest methods. ...  Read More

Research paper
Physicochemical Evolution of Blueberries during Extended Frozen Storage at -20°C: Implications for Shelf Life and Quality Preservation

SAHAR - DAHBI; Hafida - Hanine; Ossama - Kodad; Mohammed - Raouane; Souad - Amghar

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 20 April 2024


  Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) is well-known for its high antioxidant capacity and exceptional richness of vitamins, fiber, and polyphenols. Due to its bioactive compounds including flavonoids, tannins, and phenolic acids, blueberry possesses various health benefits such as anti-diabetic, anti-cardiovascular, ...  Read More

Research paper
Effect of High Greenhouse Irradiance on Growth and Yield Components of Lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.)

Yusuf Opeyemi Oyebamiji; Noraziyah Abd Aziz Shamsudin; Asmuni Mohd Ikmal; Mohd Rafii Yusop; Fadila Ahmad Malike

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 01 April 2024


  In the coming decades, the global average temperature of 1.5 ºC is expected, consequently affecting lettuce production and global food security. Thus, the current experiment was carried out to investigate the response of lettuce genotypes grown under varying high daytime temperatures and optimal ...  Read More

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