Indian Journal of Agricultural Research

  • Chief EditorT. Mohapatra

  • Print ISSN 0367-8245

  • Online ISSN 0976-058X

  • NAAS Rating 5.60

  • SJR 0.293

Frequency :
Bi-monthly (February, April, June, August, October and December)
Indexing Services :
BIOSIS Preview, ISI Citation Index, Biological Abstracts, Elsevier (Scopus and Embase), AGRICOLA, Google Scholar, CrossRef, CAB Abstracting Journals, Chemical Abstracts, Indian Science Abstracts, EBSCO Indexing Services, Index Copernicus
Indian Journal of Agricultural Research, volume 52 issue 4 (august 2018) : 452-455

Effect of water stress at different phenological stages of muskmelon (Cucumis melo L)

G.N. Nwokwu, L.G. Ekwu, E.B. Utobo
1Department of Crop Production and Landscape Management, Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources Management, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria.
Cite article:- Nwokwu G.N., Ekwu L.G., Utobo E.B. (2018). Effect of water stress at different phenological stages of muskmelon (Cucumis melo L). Indian Journal of Agricultural Research. 52(4): 452-455. doi: 10.18805/IJARe.A-312.
Field experiments were carried out at Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resource Management, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki in 2011 and 2012 dry seasons to study the effect of water stress at different phenological stages of muskmelon. Results revealed that watering intervals of every six days significantly influenced number of leaves, number of branches and days to 50%  flowering.During flowering phase, the plots that were watered in every six  and nine days flowered late while early flowering were recorded by plots that were watered once a day and every three days. The higest yield of muskmelon was observed in irrigation intervals of six days.Also watering frequency of six days intervals had maximum net income, closely followed by nine days intervals. It can be inferred that watering frequency of every six days intervals significantly affected both growth and yield characters of the crop studied at different phenological stages and it could be recommended  for growing the crop in the study area. 
  1. Al-Omran, A.M., Sheta A.S; Falatah A.M; and Al-Harbi A.R ; (2005). Effect of drip irrigation on squash (Cucurbita pepo) yield and water-use efficiency in Sandy Calcareous soils Amended with Deposits. Agric. Water Mange., 73:43-55
  2. Anonymous (2009). Final report of 5th World Water Forum 2009. 
  3. Asharf, M.Y (1998). projects/iwproject .2007 workshop/WWF5-Final report.pdf. Photosynthetic efficiency of wheat under water stress conditions Pak.J. Scientific and Industrial Res.41: 15 1-163 .
  4. Ashraf, M.Y(1998) . Genotypes under water deficit. Acta. Physiol. Plant 3:231-240. 
  5. Barlow, E. Turner, N.C and P.J Kramer. (eds). Adaptation of plants to water and high meristems temperatures stress W.R., R.E. Munns and J.C.Brady (1980). Drought responses of apical In:. Wiley, New York, pp. 191-205.
  6. Bekele, S. Tilahun. K (2007). Regulated deficit irrigation scheduling of onion in a semiarid region of Ethiopia. Agric water manag. 89:10018. Afr.J. Biotechnol.148-152.
  7. Cabello, M. J., M.T. Castellanos, F. Romojaro, C.Martinez- Madrid and F. Ribas (2009).Yield and quality of melon grown under different irrigation and nitrogen rates. Agric Water Manage.96: 866-874.
  8. Duncan, D.B. (1955). Multiple ranges and multiple F-tests. Biometrics 11;1-42.
  9. Ertek, A., Sensoy, C. Kuecuekyumuk and I. Gedik (2004). Irrigation ferquency and amount affect yield components of summer squash (Cucurbita pepo L) .Agric.Water Mange. 67:63-76.
  10. Fabeiro, C., F. Martin, de Santa Olalla and J. Juan (2002). Production of Muskmelon (Cucumis melo L) under controlled deficit irrigation in a semi-arid climate. Agricultural Water Management, 54: 93-105.
  11. Gonzalez, AM, Bonachela, S and F ernandez MD 2009. Regulated deficit irrigation in green bean and watermelon green house crops. Sci.Hort.122:527-531. 
  12. Ibrahim, E.A. (2012) Variability heritability and genetic advance in Egyptian sweet melon (Cucumis melo var Aegyptiacus L) under water stress condition. Int. J. Plant Breeding and Genetics, 6 (4): 238-244.
  13. Jamal, M; M.S. Nazir, S.H Shah and A. Nazir. 1996. Varietal response of water stress at grains growth stages and effect on grain yield, straw yield, harvest index and protein content of different. Rachis 2:38-45.
  14. Kang, S. Shi, W. Zhang .J.2000. An improved water use efficiency for maize grown under regulated deficit irrigation. Field crops 67:207-214.
  15. Koocheki, A and F. Nadjafi, 2003. The status of medicinal and aromatic plants in Iran and strategies for sustainable utilization. Proceedings of the 3rd World Congress on Medicinal and aromatic plants for Human Welfare, Febuary 3-7, 2003, Chiang Mai, Thailand, pp 283-283.
  16. Kusvuran, S., H.Y.Dasgan, S. Kucukkomurcu and K. Abak. (2010). Relationship between drought tolerance and stomata density in melon. Acta Hort. (ISHS), 871: 291-300
  17. Mitchell PD, Jerie PH, Chalmers DJ 1984. The effects of regulated water deficits on pear tree growth, flowering, fruit growth and yield . J.Am. Soc.Hortic Sci.109:604-606.
  18. Nadjafi, F and P. Rezvani, 2002. Effect of irrigation regimes and plant densities on yield and agronomic characteristics of Isabgoi (Plantago ovata). Agric. Sci.Technol., 2:59-65
  19. Patil D.V; Bhagat, K.P and Saha S (2014). Effect of water stress at critical growth stages in Drip Irrigated muskmelon of semi arid Region of Western Maharashtra India . Natural Institute of Abiotic Stress Management. Indian Council of Agricultural Research . Plant Archives 14:1 161-169. 
  20. Rashidi, M and K. Seyfi (2007). Effect of water stress on crop yield and yield components of cantaloupe, Int.J.Agri. and Biology, 9 (2): 271-273.
  21. Salter, P.J and J.E. Goude (1967). Crop responses to water at different stages of growth. Research Review NO.2 Common Weath Bureau of Horticultural and Plantation crops.P 246.
  22. Sarwer, A. 1994. Response of weat to soil moisture stress at different stages of growth . J. Drainage and Reclamation 4:41-47.
  23. Sensoy S, Ertek A, Gedik, I, Kucukyumuk C 2007. Irrigation Frequency and amount affecting Yield and quality of field –grown melon (Cocumis melo L) Egypt J Appl. Sci 21: 8-12
  24. Silber.A, Levi M, Cohen M, David N, Shtaynmetz Y, Assouline S ( 2007). Response of yield Leucadendron Safari sunset to regulated deficit irrgation: Effects of stress timing on growth and quality. Agric. Water Manage.87:162-170.
  25. Simsek M and Comlekcioglu. N. (2011). Effect of different irrigation regimes and nitrogen levels on yield and quality of Melon. Academic Journals. 10 (49) 10009-10018.
  26. Snedecor, G.W. and Cochran, W.G. (1967).Statistical methods. 6th edition. Iowa state University Press. Ames Iowa, USA. 
  27. Stewart DA, Nielsen DR (1990).Irrigation of Agricultural crops . Agronomical Monograph 30. Am Society of Agron.Madison. WI. 
  28. Zhang, H.P and T.Oweis (1998). Water yield relation and optimal irrigation Scheduling of wheat in Mediterranean regions. Agriculture Water Management vol.3, 195-211. 

Editorial Board

View all (0)