GROWTH, YIELD AND SEED QUALITY INFLUENCED BY RHIZOBIUM INOCULATION IN FENUGREEK (TRIGONELLA FOENUM-GRAECUM L.)

SUMIT DESWAL*, PREETI YADAV AND S. K. TEHLAN
Department of Vegetable Science
CCS Haryana Agricultural University Hisar-125 004 (Haryana), India
*(e-mail : deswal.sumit07@gmail.com)
(Received : 3 January 2017; Accepted : 30 January 2017)

SUMMARY

Ten genotypes of fenugreek with two sets of treatments (without Rhizobium and with Rhizobium
inoculation) were subjected to assess the effect of Rhizobium inoculation on plant growth, yield and seed quality parameters. The field experimental site was located at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar between 29.15°N latitude, 75.69°E longitude with a mean altitude of 215 m above msl. Rhizobium inoculation positively influenced the plant height, pods per plant, seeds per pod, leaf yield and seed yield. Maximum growth and yield parameters were recorded with Rhizobium inoculation by genotypes HM-348 and HM-355. With Rhizobium inoculation maximum test weight, standard germination, vigour index-I and II and lowest electrical conductivity was recorded by genotype HM-348. Genotypes HM-348 and HM-355 were found superior in all growth and seed quality parameters with or without Rhizobium inoculation. While seed inoculation with Rhizobium culture positively and significantly improved all growth, yield and
seed quality parameters in comparison to no seed inoculation.

Key words: Fenugreek, growth, Rhizobium, seed quality

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