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EFFECT OF SEED TREATMENT WITH BORON AND MOLYBDENUM ON THE YIELD AND SEED QUALITY OF CHICKPEA (Pages : 1 - 6)

M.S. RAHMAN, M.N. ISLAM, M.R. SHAHEB, M.A. ARAFAT, P.C. SARKER AND M.H. SARKER

Micronutrients are vital for plant growth and human health. Soil and foliar applications are the most prevalent methods of micronutrient addition but the cost involved and difficulty in obtaining high quality micronutrient fertilizers are major concerns with these in developing countries. Seed treatments with micronutrient, which include seed priming and seed coating, are an attractive and easy alternative. The experiment was conducted at the farming systems research and development site, Chabbishnagar, Barind, Rajshahi, Bangladesh during rabi (winter) season 2009-2011 to evaluate the influence of seed treatment with boron (B) and molybdenum (Mo) on the yield and seed quality of chickpea. Sixteen treatments combinations from four doses viz. each of B 0.0, 1.0, 2.0 and 4.0 gKg-1and Mo 0.0, 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 gKg-1 seed were used in the form of boric acid and ammonium molybdate, respectively and mixed with seed prior to sowing. Results revealed that seed yield and yield contributing characters showed significant difference when the seeds were treated with 1.0 to 2.0 g of B and 0.5-1.0 g of Mo. Seed treatment with 2.0 g B and 1.0 g Mo along with 40-30-40-20-2 kg N-P-K-S and Znha-1 can be used for higher seed yield (1109.61 Kgha-1) and quality (96.0% germination) seed production of chickpea. However, there were no significant influence of seed treatment on the quality and protein content of seed.Download


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