Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 9, Issue 1, 2007; Page No.(63-66)

INTERACTIVE EFFECT OF WEED VERMICOMPOST ON YIELD AND PHYSIOLOGICAL AND MYCOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS OF MAIZE

P. UMESH MOGLE AND BHARATI JADHAV

Abstract

Locally available in weed material such as„'leltimulthes aspera L., Cassia tom L., and Parthenium bysterophorus L., were tried as vermicompost (VC) and NADEP compost (NC). The impact of VC, NC, chemical fertilizer (CF) and no amendment (NA) was evaluated on fodder yield of maize crop. VC enhances the percentage of macronutrient (NPK) as compared to the NC. The observations were recorded on morph-physiological traits and rhi:osphere investigations. Cassia VC significantly increased the leaf a reJ (415.5 cm'), total chlorophyll (-1.olon-4;4;n1), reducing sugar (26 I kg -ha, increase over control) and crude protein. The analysis of soil samples from all the treated plots showed that, the saprophytic fungi were more frequent in VC treated plots than pathogenic fungi. Results of the study revealed that highest fresh fodder Yitslel was recorded in the treatment of Cassia VC 36111 increase over control kg .ha, followed by Achymnthes VC 30963, at 160 and .140 N Kg /ha. It can be concluded that the application of weed vermicompost was effective in increasing the productivity of maize and also biologically control the ill effects of intensive agriculture and builds up soil health.

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