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Title: Validation of ancient liquid organics - Panchagavya and Kunapajala as plant growth promoters
Authors: Sarkar, S
Kundu, SS
Ghorai, D
Keywords: Panchagavya;Kunapajala;Vegetable seedlings;Growth promoter;Induced resistance;Polyphenol oxidase
Issue Date: Apr-2014
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl.8: A01, A01C 15/00-A01C 23/00, C05G, C05F
Abstract: Vedic literatures (Vrikshayurveda) have clearly outlined a systematized agricultural practices that insisted on the use of panchagavya (a mixture of the five products of cow in a specific ratio) and kunapajala (decomposed product of fish or animals in liquid form) to enhance the biological efficiency of crop plants and the production of fruits and vegetables. In the present investigation seedlings of chili, tomato and cow pea were treated with panchagavya (T1), kunapajala (T2) and combination of both (T3) along with control (plain water). Panchagavya and kunapajala (using the fish Bombay duck) were prepared as per Vrikshayurveda and used on seedlings as soil drenching at the rate of 3% and 1%, respectively. All the experimental seedlings of each crops recorded higher rates of linear growth of both shoots and roots in all the three treatments over the controls. Combination of both panchagavya and Kunapajala showed best results in influencing all the growth parameters as well as yield of the vegetables. Leaf chlorophyll content was also consistently higher by the application of two organics and that was ultimately reflected on enhanced fruit yield of the crops. Application of panchagavya in all the three vegetables significantly induced production of defense related enzymes such as Polyphenol oxidase that could have enhanced the induced systemic resistance in the plant body, which in turn would have reduced the disease incidence.
Page(s): 398-403
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.13(2) [April 2014]

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