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Ambuj Bhardwaj1, Abhishek Sharma2 , B.K. Goswami3 and Vijay Bhardwaj4
1Amity Institute of Organic Agriculture, Amity University, Noida – 201 313, Uttar Pradesh, India.
2Amity Food and Agriculture Foundation, Amity University, Noida – 201 313, Uttar Pradesh, India.
3Amity Centre for Biocontrol & Plant Disease Management, Amity University, Noida – 201 313, Uttar Pradesh, India.
4Bioatlantis India Private Limited, Palam Colony, New Delhi – 110 045, India.
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2021;15(1):356-367 | Article Number: 6692 | © The Author(s). 2021
Received: 01/10/2020 | Accepted: 18/02/2021 | Published: 22/02/2021

Brinjal and tomato are the most important transplanted vegetable crops of the Solanaceae family. The successful cultivation of these crops is vital for meeting the nutritional dietary requirement of India’s population and earning foreign exchange for the country by exporting vegetables to foreign countries. However, there are several abiotic and biotic impediments in the cultivation of these crops. Among biotic impediments , plant-parasitic nematodes have become one of the critical factor adversely affecting the cultivation of these vegetables. In general, Meloidogyne spp. (root-knot nematode) is the most common, widespread and economically damaging plant parasitic nematode species in tomato and brinjal crop. In addition to the damage caused by root – knot nematode, it stimulates the entry of soil-borne pathogens leading to development of the disease complex. The present study was undertaken to study the interaction effect of soil & soilless growing media viz. cocopeat and vermicompost along with organic amendments i.e., Trichoderma, AM fungus, and Cabbage residue incorporated individually as well as in different combinations for eco-friendly root-knot nematode management in brinjal and tomato nursery. The results indicated that treatment C-8 (Cocopeat + Trichoderma + AM fungus + Cabbage residues) recorded the superior germination count, germination percentage, days to 50% germination, root length, shoot length, fresh weight, root weight, shoot weight and root: shoot ratio. It is pertinent to mention that the soilless media, along with various organic amendments, were found to be superior for all the root and shoot attributes as compared to the conventional soil media for growing healthy nursery of tomato and brinjal in root knot nematode infested geographies. Our findings provide an effective and sustainable method of growing healthy plant nursery in nematode infested regions.


Solanaceae, Root – knot nematode, Cocopeat, Vermicompost, Nursery, Soilless media

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