MICROBIAL INOCULANTS INFLUENCED ROOTING INDUCTION IN AIR LAYERS OF POMEGRANATENisha M. Patil and S. G. Borkar
The present study was aimed to investigate the effect of efficient rooting inducing isolates on pomegranate hard wood crops variety Bhagwa. The rooting inducing isolates were isolated from the emerging roots of strawberry and chrysanthemum, rhizosphere in cocopit and from root surface and root cortex of pomegranate. The strain of Agrobacterium rhizogenes was isolated from nodules of pea. The efficiency of these isolates were evaluated as bioinoculant on pomegranate air layer grafting. Inoculation of rooting inducing isolates improves the rooting of pomegranate resulted in increase in root density and root length. In vivo screening, the sterile moss was dipped in the individual solution of rooting bacterial cultures and was used for making air layer grafts. Among these isolates, the bacterial inoculants A.rhizogenes was most superior over all other bacterial cultures in respect to induction of root density and root length in hard wood grafts of pomegranate.
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