Comparative study of application methods of biofertilizer for growth enhancement of cereals

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  • Fakhar Mujeeb1 , Abid Ali2 , Muhammad Amjad Qureshi1*, Ghulam Sarwar3 , Muhammad Asif Ali1 , Khalid Mahmood4 , Hina Javed1 , Munazza Rafique1 , Fraza Ijaz،Shabana Ehsan،

Keywords:

Biofertilizer, Flooding, Foliar spray, Rice, Seed coating, Wheat

Abstract

The nutrient management plays a vital role in consistent agricultural production and maintenance of soil fertility. Due to price
hikes, chemical fertilizers are going beyond the affordability of poor farming communities. Hence, agricultural scientists and
farming communities are switching to other judicious and environment friendly substitutes. Use of biofertilizers is becoming
popular day by day. Nevertheless, its popularity has to face some challenges like application methods. Farmers in Punjab have
the practice to apply the biofertilizers on the growing crops either through spray or flooding or with irrigation water. This
glass-house trial was designed to evaluate a more effective and efficient way for the application of biofertilizer to the cereals.
Wheat and rice cereals were used as test crops. Three biofertilizer application methods viz. seed coating, flooding and foliar
spray were tested employing eight treatments and following Completely Randomized Design (CRD) with three repeats. At
maturity, yield data regarding wheat and rice crops were recorded. Statistical analysis of the data revealed that better yield was
obtained in all treatments supplied with biofertilizer inoculation along with recommended dose of chemical fertilizers
compared to the control with no inoculum application but only chemical fertilizer application. Moreover, integration of
individual inoculum application techniques proved better than their individual application. © 2022 Department of Agricultural
Sciences, AIOU

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Published

2023-05-17

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Fakhar Mujeeb1 , Abid Ali2 , Muhammad Amjad Qureshi1*, Ghulam Sarwar3 , Muhammad Asif Ali1 , Khalid Mahmood4 , Hina Javed1 , Munazza Rafique1 , Fraza Ijaz،Shabana Ehsan،. (2023). Comparative study of application methods of biofertilizer for growth enhancement of cereals. JPAA, 7(2). Retrieved from https://ojs.aiou.edu.pk/index.php/jpaa/article/view/990

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