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Title: Effect of Azolla and Goamrita on growth and composition of Sarpagandha [Rauvolfia serpentina (L.) Benth. Ex. Kurz]
Authors: Agnihotri, Nikhil
Mohan, Narendra
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: Sarpagandha Rauvolfia serpentina (L.) Benth. Ex. Kurz is a well known medicinal plant of family Apocynaceae. It is utilized for the treatment of hypertension, insomnia, cardiac disorders, nervous system and mental disorders, snake bite etc. since ancient times. A number of formulations of sarpagandha are popular in Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Homoeopathy, Allopathy as well as many traditional, regional and local systems of medicines. Present study is based on effect of Azolla and Goamrita as organic compost on growth and composition of sarpagandha. Sarpagandha plants were grown on soil pot culture conditions and treated with control (0) 50, 100, 150, 200 and 250 g Azolla / kg soil and control (0), 2, 5, 10, 15 and 20% concentrations of Goamrita (which is prepared by the combination of cow urine, cow dung, neem leaves and water). After 100 days of cultivation of sarpagandha plants were studied for dry matter yield, chlorophyll, nitrogen and crude protein contents. 250 g Azolla/kg soil + 20% conc.of Goamrita treatment showed maximum increase in dry matter yield, chlorophyll, nitrogen as well as protein contents. Thus Azolla and Goamrita combination can be better organic compost for growth and composition of sarpagandha.
Page(s): 34-37
ISSN: 0975-2412 (Online); 0771-7706 (Print)
Source:BVAAP Vol.18(1) [June 2010]

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