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Co-inoculation of Mesorhizobium sp. and plant growth promoting rhizobacteria Pseudomonas sp. as bio-enhancer and bio-fertilizer in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)

DOI: 10.5958/0976-0571.2015.00099.5    | Article Id: LR-2975 | Page : 367-374
Citation :- Co-inoculation of Mesorhizobium sp. and plant growth promoting rhizobacteria Pseudomonas sp. as bio-enhancer and bio-fertilizer in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.).Legume Research.2015.(38):367-374
Navprabhjot Kaur, Poonam Sharma* and Sunita Sharma poonam1963in@yahoo.co.in
Address : Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141 004, India.

Abstract

The present investigation was undertaken to study the synergistic effect of recommended Mesorhizobium sp. (LGR -33) (Meso) and native potential PGPR Pseudomonas sp. (PGPR 2 and PGPR 3) along with reference strain Pseudomonas diminuta (LK884) on bio-enhancing activity, symbiotic parameters and grain yield in desi (PBG 1) and kabuli (BG 1053) under field conditions in chickpea during rabi 2009-2010. Significant improvement in growth and symbiotic parameters was observed with co-inoculation of Mesorhizobium sp. with native potential Pseudomonas sp. PGPR as compared to single inoculants of Mesorhizobium sp. in both varieties. Maximum improvement in symbiotic parameters was observed with co-inoculation of Mesorhizobium sp. and PGPR 3 followed by native PGPR 2 as compared to LK884 (reference). On an average, co-inoculation of Mesorhizobium sp. with PGPR 3 improved the yield by 7.0% (desi) and 5.3% (kabuli) over Mesorhizobium sp. alone. It appears that native potential Pseudomonas sp. PGPR can be explored as potent bio-enhancers and bio-fertilizers along with Mesorhizobium sp. in chickpea under low input technology programme of sustainable agriculture.

Keywords

Chickpea Co-inoculation Mesorhizobium sp. Pseudomonas.

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