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Title: Managing plant diseases through milk : an innovative approach
Authors: Kumar, Arun
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: Invoking natural defense system of plants at the onset of disease is an appealing concept. Milk is an excellent source of nutrients and offers an exceptional medium for exploration. Milk has been described as natural inhibitor for managing plant viruses and fungal diseases with better sticking and spreading qualities. Cow and Goat milk have amino acids containing potassium phosphate, which boosts the immune system of plants through induced resistance. Endogenous proline encourages cytokinin and auxins to systemically induce resistance in plants. Research has identified milk as potential replacement for synthetic fungicides in the control of plant diseases. Experiments undertaken in Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur have shown positive results. The present paper demonstrates the bio-efficacy of raw cow milk and its environment friendliness to manage the leaf curl disease of Chilli and downy mildew of Pearl Millet with seed and soil application of fungal bio-protectants. This resulted in considerable reduction in the incidence of diseases and improvement in the yield and quality of the produce.
Page(s): 63-66
ISSN: 0771-7706
Appears in Collections:BVAAP Vol.15(1) [June 2007]

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