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Journal of Applied Horticulture. 2005: 7(2): 133-136

Influence of arbuscular mycorrhizae on the performance of chilli (bell) pepper (Capsicum annuum L.)

Oyetunji, O J; Osonubi, O

Department of Botany and Microbiology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

A semi-controlled experiment was conducted in a greenhouse to evaluate the influence of arbuscular mycorrhizas (Glomus mosseae, G. etunicatum or both) on chilli pepper (tatase) production in sub-humid soils of the tropics. The mycorrhizas were inoculated by placing 10 g of inoculum in each hole opening made in a container in which 4-week-old seedlings were transplanted. G. etunicatum was effective in improving the biomass production of tatase as well as its flowering and fruiting potential. Mycorrhizal inoculation also reduced the number of abscised flowers and fruits. Dual inoculation with both mycorrhizas did not improve its performance in comparison to the single inoculation with G. etunicatum.


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