Evaluation, grafting success and field establishment of cashew rootstock as influenced by VAM fungi

Department of Agricultural Microbiology, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK Campus, Bangalore, India.
Indian journal of experimental biology (Impact Factor: 0.84). 12/2004; 42(11):1132-5.
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Seven isolates of vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizal (VAM) fungi were isolated from cashew rhizosphere soil of different cashew growing regions of South India. These seven isolates along with two more VAM fungi namely Acaulospora laevis and Glomus mosseae, which were found to be better symbionts for cashew during our earlier study were used to study their effectiveness on the growth and nutrition of cashew rootstock Ullal-1. Four promising VAM fungi were selected based on this study. Rootstocks inoculated with these four fungi were evaluated for their vigour through grafting success, using Ullal-3 cashew variety as scion. Grafting success was more in rootstocks inoculated with A. laevis and one of local isolates Glomus etunicatum. Grafts with rootstock treated with G. etunicatum and A. laevis survived and performed better when planted in the field compared to the uninoculated and other VAM fungal treatments.

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    • "A few studies performed so far have recorded the occurrence of Glomus species in the root zone soils of different tree species (Muthukumar and Manian, 1993; Vasanthakrishna et al., 1994). Similarly, Lakshmipathy et al. (2004) recorded Glomus etunicatum in the root zone soil of cashew. The mycorrhizal activity in terms of root colonization was examined in 59 different forest tree species and the intensity of colonization was found to be high in four species, moderate in 23 species and low in 32 species (Byra Reddy et al., 1994). "
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    • "Studies made so far from the Western Ghats region, suggest that the Glomus species found dominant in the root zone soils of different tree species (Muthukumar and Manian 1993; Vasanthakrishna et al.1994). Similarly, Lakshmipathy et al. (2004) found Glomus etunicatum in the root zone soil of cashew. The mycorrhizal activity in terms of root colonization was examined in 59 different forest tree species and the intensity of colonization was found to be high in four species, moderate in 23 species and low in 32 species (Reddy et al.1994). "
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