Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2010, Volume: 3, Issue: 6, Pages: 676-678
Mathan C. Nisha1 and Sevanan Rajeshkumar2*
1 PG & Research Department of Botany, Kongunadu Arts & Science College, Coimbatore-641029, TN, India.
2 Dept. of Plant Science & Plant Biotechnology, Govt. Arts College, Udhagamandalam-643002, TN, India.
A greenhouse experiment was conducted to select an efficient Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal (AMF) strain to improve the growth of Wedilia chinensis (Osbeck) Merril. Seedlings were infested with seven different indigenous AM fungi viz., Acaulospora deligata, Glomus aggregatum, G. feugianum, G. fasciculatum, G. rubiforme, Gigaspora margarita and Scutellospora heterogama. In general, all the strains of fungal inoculations resulted in increase of the plant growth, biomass and nutrition. Among the seven AM fungal treatments, pre-inoculation with Glomus fasciculatum improved the total seedling biomass and nutrition uptake better in this medicinal plant.
Keywords: Wedilia chinensis, AMF, growth, biomass, nutrition, mycorrhizae, medicinal plant.
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