EFFECT OF INTEGRATION OF CALOTROPIS PROCERA LEAF AND GLOMUS FASCICULATUM ON THE MANAGEMENT OF MELOIDOGYNE INCOGNITA INFESTING TOMATO

M. S. Rao, P. Parvatha Reddy, Skuhada Mohan Das

Abstract


Studies involving the inoculation of Vesicular Arbuscular Mycorrhizal (VAM) fungus Glomus fasciculatum in root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne incognita, infested nursery beds amended with calotropis (Calotropis procera) leaf, indicated their synergistic effect on the growth of tomato seedlings. The interactive effect of these components resulted in a significant reduction of root-knot galls and significant decrease in number of eggs per egg mass. Colonization of mycorrhiza was significantly higher on the roots of tomato seedlings in the treatments where G. fasciculatum was inoculated in nursery beds amended with calotropis leaf, indicating their complementary interaction.

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