Huazhong Agricultural University
National Key R&D Program of China
The popular used rice cultivar Guangliangyou 35 and conventional japonica rice cultivar Nipponbare were treated with combined application of three Zn levels and four N levels in field trials. We analyzed the shoot dry weight at different growth stages, the yield and its components at mature stage as well as the N and Zn concentrations, accumulations and distributions in different organs and tissues. Results showed that the combined application of N and Zn fertilizers had synergistic effect on both the rice biomass at the early growth stage and the yield production at the mature stage. The combined application of N and Zn fertilizers had significant synergistic effect on rice panicle numbers. The significantly increased panicle numbers determined the increased yield under the combined application of N and Zn fertilizers. The combined application of N and Zn fertilizers not only increased the concentrations of N and Zn in rice plant, but also promoted the N and Zn distribution to the productive organ (spikelet), which is one of the main physiological mechanisms of increased yield production under the combined application of N and Zn fertilizers.