Muhammad Sufyan, Muhammad I. Tahir, Muhammad I. U. Haq, Shabir Hussain, Muhammad Saeed


Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) among other pulse legumes contribute majorly in economy of a country. Yield and quality of the produce is seriously affected by various soil borne pathogens whereas now-a-days use of PGPR as a substitute to chemicals is very effective. Chickpea desi variety (Bittal-98) was primed by hydrobio priming and drum priming methods using two rhizobacterial isolates i.e. Pseudomonas putida and Pseudomonas fluorescens. Both methods showed effective disease control i.e. drum priming (27.16%) and hydro-biopriming (30.5%) and improved growth parameters. The maximum shoot length was observed in drum priming T3 (22.40cm) as compared to control (7.88cm). The root length also varied significantly and the result ranged from 3.78cm (Control) to 12.58cm (T3 Drum priming). Similarly plants fresh weight (0.91gm) and plants dry weight (0.63gm) also considerably enhanced by drum priming in comparison with control (0.43gm and 0.27gm, respectively). The most effective treatment was when both rhizobacteria were applied together i.e. T3 thus resonating the effect of each other.


PGPR; biopriming; root fungi; chickpea

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