Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus, Vol 72, No 2 (2007)

Growth Response of Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) to Phosphorus and Mycorrhizal Inoculation

Irshad Ahmad KHAN, Shahbaz AHMAD, Sarwat N. MIRZA, Moazzam NIZAMI, Mohammad ATHAR, Shaikh Mohammad SHABBIR

Pages: 129-132


Arbuscular-mycorrhizal symbiosis confers numerous benefits to host plants including improved tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses. Although the majority of grasses form an arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis, little is known of the mycorrhization of Buffel grass (Cenchrus ciliaris). A pot study was conducted in sterilized soil to determine the effect of mycorrhizal inoculation and phosphorus amendment on the biomass production in C. ciliaris. Mycorrhizal fungi used were Gigaspora rosea, Glomus intraradices and Glomus etunicatum. Inoculation with Gigaspora rosea alone, and combined incoculation with Glomus intraradices + Gigaspora rosea and Glomus intraradices + Glomus etunicatum signifi cantly (P


Cenchrus ciliaris; phosphorus; mycorrhizal inoculation; biomass; forage production

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