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Legume Research, volume 45 issue 11 (november 2022) : 1406-1413

Vermicompost Enhances the Effectiveness of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi, Cowpea Development and Nutrient Uptake

S. Bice Atakli, S. Şahin, M. Ceritoglu, H.F. Çağatay
1Siirt University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science, Siirt, Turkey.
  • Submitted12-05-2022|

  • Accepted19-07-2022|

  • First Online 30-07-2022|

  • doi 10.18805/LRF-698

Cite article:- Atakli Bice S., Şahin S., Ceritoglu M., Çağatay H.F. (2022). Vermicompost Enhances the Effectiveness of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi, Cowpea Development and Nutrient Uptake. Legume Research. 45(11): 1406-1413. doi: 10.18805/LRF-698.
Background: Optimum plant nutrition with various organic and inorganic fertilizers such as synthetic fertilizer, compost, mycorrhiza and bacterial isolations have a pivotal role in agricultural production. This study was laid out to observe the combined impact of mycorrhiza and vermicompost treatments on plant growth and nutrient uptake of cowpea.  
Methods: The experiment was laid out under controlled greenhouse conditions at Tokat Gaziosmanpaþa University in 2021. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and vermicompost treatments were used in the experiment. The experiment was laid out in split-plot randomized complete design with three replications. 
Result: Individual performance of vermicompost amendment was more effective on nutrient uptake and seedling growth compared with alone mycorrhizal treatment and control. However, the combined application of mycorrhiza and vermicompost exhibited a remarkable synergistic impact on each other. In particular, combined application of vermicompost and mycorrhizal fungi induced leaf phosphorus content up to 72% over control seedlings. In conclusion, vermicompost both increased effectiveness of mycorrhizal fungi and also promoted nutrient uptake, dry matter accumulation and seedling growth in cowpea. 

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