Volume-10, Number-1, January-2017



Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 1-5 (2017)


Effect of heat stress on morphology, physiology andmolecular aspects of crops: A Review

Smita Kumari*1, Smarika Thakur2 and Sudhir Kumar3

1Department of Vegetable Science and Floriculture, 2Department of Plant Breeding & Genetics, CSKHPKV, Palampur, India

3Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, BAU, Sabour, Bhagalpur, Bihar, India


(Received: February 18, 2016; Revised received: September 27, 2016;Accepted: September 30, 2016)


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Abstract: Heat stress becomes an important threat for agriculture. The severity of stress is determined by the temperature differential and the duration of exposure. Temporary or persistently higher temperature is responsible for morphological, physiological and biochemical changes in plant species that affect plant growth and development and direct to a severe decline in economic yield. High temperatures can cause considerable pre and post-harvest damages, including scorching of leaves and twigs, sunburns on leaves, branches and stems, leaf senescence and abscission, shoot and root growth inhibition, fruit discoloration and damage, and reduced yield. After that it affects the physiology of photosynthesis, respiration, electron transport system and water relations. It can be mitigated by development of variety enriched with heat sock protein.

Key words: Heat stress, Temperature, Photosynthesis, Heat shock protein


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 6-10 (2017)


Biological inputs in vegetable production- A Review

Ravneet Kour*, Narinder Paul and Amitesh Sharma

Krishi Vigyan Kendra Doda, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Jammu (J&K)-180009


(Received: March 04, 2016; Revised received: September 26, 2016;Accepted: September 30, 2016)


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Abstract: Environmental concerns and awareness on soil and human health has led to renewed interest in organic production of high value crops. In view of sustainable productivity and increased demand for quality produce, the organic inputs are the only alternative. The indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers has led to so many problems although they have played a great role in increasing the yield. In this review, the scattered information on the nature, role and utility of biological inputs in vegetable crop production has been compiled. This may be helpful in enhancing knowledge regarding biological inputs and draw attention of the researchers and scientists to further work on it.

Key words: Bioinputs, Organic, Biofertilisers, Compost


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 11-14 (2017)


Forecasting of pre-harvest crop yield using discriminant function analysis of meteorological parameters

H.G. Singh*1, V.N Rai1, B.V.S. Sissodi1, V. Nand2 and H.Y. Singh3

1Deptt. of Agri. Statistics,2Deptt. of Agronomy,. N. D. University of Agri and Tech., Faizabad-224 229, India

3Deptt. of Horticulture, Janta College Bakewar Etawah, India


(Received: January 21, 2016; Revised received: September 27, 2016;Accepted: September 30, 2016)



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Abstract: In the present paper, an application of discriminant function analysis of meteorological parameters for developing suitable statistical models to forecast on wheat yield in Sultanpur district of Eastern Utter Pradesh has been demonstrated. Time series data on wheat yield for 22 years (1990-91 to 2011-12) have been divided into three groups, viz. congenial, normal, and adverse based on de-trended yield distribution. Considering these groups as three populations, discriminant function analysis using weekly data of crop season on eight meteorological parameters has been carried out. The discriminant scores obtained from this have been used as regressor variables along with time trend in development of statistical models. In all six procedures using weekly weather data have been proposed. The models developed have been used to forecast the wheat yield for the year 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 which were not included in the development of the models. It has been found that most of the models provide reliable forecast of the wheat yield about two months before the harvest. It can be concluded that the Model-D1 and Model-D3 are the most suitable models among all the models. Hence, a reliable forecast of wheat yield about two and half months before the harvest can be obtained from the Model-D1 as well as Model-D3. In all the models, the time trend variable T has been found to be significant at one percent probability level of significance (P < 0.01). First discriminant score (ds1) has been found to be significant at P < 0.01 in all the models while the model 5 significant at P < 0.05.

Key word: Meteorological parameters, Crop yield, Discriminant function analysis, Forecast model


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 15-18 (2017)


Occurrence of insect pests with cauliflower in Indo

Gangetic plains zone of Uttar Pradesh, India

R.P. Singh*1, N. Pratap2, U. Babu2, R. Shekhar2, S. Kumar2 and R.K. Vishnoi1

1CCSPG College, Heonra (Saifai), Etawah-206130; 2SMS (GPB), N.D.U.A.T., Faizabad-224 229, India


(Received: March 14, 2016; Revised received: October 02, 2016;Accepted: October 04, 2016)


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Abstract: The extensive studies on insects pests associated with cauliflower were conducted in different localities of Indo Gangetic plains zone of U.P.’s districts villages i.e. Dobhihara of Sultanpur and Pithla, Akma, Bawan and Sidhauna of Faizabad during 2009-10 and 2010-11. Eighteen arthropods have been found associated at different growth stages viz., seedling stage, 4-6 leaves stage, 10-12 leaves stage, folding stage, curd development stage and pre-harvest stage of cauliflower. The families Lepidoptera were the dominant families as represented by 7 species followed by Hemiptera having 3 species; then Coleoptera, Hymenoptera and Araceae each having 2 species and least by Orthoptera and Mantodea each having 1 species. On the basis of nature of damage the insect pests were also categorized as defoliators, sap feeders, borer, natural enemies and arthropod of symbiotic group with general activity.

Key words: Cauliflower, insect-pests


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 19-21 (2017)


Genetic variability, heritability and genetic advance for yield and quality traits in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.)

Ambresh*1, H.B. Lingaiah1, B. Fakrudin1, M. Shivapriya1, T.H.Singh2, R. Venugopalan2 and Amruta Bhat1

1Univ. of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot-591 310, India; 2Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hessaharghatta, Bangalore- 89


(Received: March 03, 2016; Revised received: October 03, 2016;Accepted: October 05, 2016)


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Abstract: The genetic parameters were studied to elucidate the genetic variability, heritability and genetic advance in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.). Field evaluation of F6 recombinant inbred lines was done. The genotypes exhibited a wide range of variability for all the characters studied. Phenotypic coefficient of variation (PCV) was higher than genotypic coefficient of variation (GCV) for all the characters studied. High heritability was observed for the characters Average fruit weight (g) (76.29%), Number of branches per plant (82.29), Number of fruits per plant (84.91), Plant height(cm) (86.87), Fruit yield per plant (kg) (76.87), Total soluble solid (0Brix) (80.10), Number of locules/fruit (77.34) and Pericarp thickness (mm) (73.97). High heritability combined with high genetic advance indicates that additive gene action plays a major role in governing these traits and these traits can be improved by simple selection.

Key words:PCV, GCV, Heritability and Genetic advance


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 22-24 (2017)


Effect of nitrogen, planting distance and bulb size on flowering attributes and yield of tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa L.) cv. Hyderabad Double

Shiv Kumar Vishwakarma and Ashok Kumar*

Department of Floriculture and Landscape, College of Horticulture and Forestry, N.D. U. A. & T., Faizabad-224 229, India


(Received: February 27, 2016; Revised received: October 03, 2016;Accepted: October 06, 2016)


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Abstract:A field experiment was conducted in Randomized Block Design (factorial) with 16 treatment combinations, comprising of four levels of nitrogen (0, 100, 200 and 300 kg/ha), two levels of planting distance (30 x 20 and 30 x 30 cm) and two level of size of bulb (1.00-2.00 and 2.00-3.00 cm) in two successive years 2012-13 and 2013-14 at Main Experiment Station, Department of Floriculture and Landscape, Narendra Deva University of Agriculture & Technology, Narendra Nagar (Kumarganj), Faizabad (U.P.). Results revealed that higher levels of nitrogen, higher spacing and bigger size of bulbs reduced days taken for initiation of spike and opening of first floret and increased length and diameter of spike, number of spikes per clump, number of florets per spike, weight of florets per spike, increased duration of flowering and number of spikes per hectare. However higher spacing was decreased number of spikes per hectare in both the year of experiments.

Key words: Nitrogen, Planting distance, Bulb, Tuberose


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 25-27 (2017)


Evaluation of organic amendments and plant extracts against Fusarium solani causing root rot of papaya (Carica papaya L.)

Rahul Kumar*1,2 and S.K. Singh1

 1Department of Plant Pathology, Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa, Samastipur, Bihar-848 125, India

2ICAR Research Complex For Eastern Region Patna-800 014, India


(Received: January 29, 2016; Revised received: October 05, 2016;Accepted: October 09, 2016)


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Abstract: In the present investigation screening of five organic amendments viz., mustard cake, neem cake, castor cake, vermicompost and FYM evaluated against Fusarium solani by poisoned food technique, that all of the organic amendments were found significantly effective in inhibiting the radial growth of Fusarium solani in vitro. The inhibition due to different amendements ranged between 3.2 and 13.9 per cent after 240 hrs of incubation. However, among the cakes, highest inhibition of the pathogen was recorded in neemcake (13.9%) followed by mustard cake (13.5%) and castor cake (7.1%) over control.Thus, neem cake was most effective in checking the growth of the pathogen. During evaluation of plant extracts, two different concentrations (8% and 10%) of aqueous extracts of wild garlic, neem, garlic, tulsi and makoi were tested against root rot incidence on papaya under artificial condition in pot. All the plant extracts significantly inhibited the root rot incidence on papaya. The lowest root rot incidence was recorded with wild garlic with 43 per cent and 45 per cent incidence at 10 per cent and 8 per cent concentrations respectively followed by that of neem (47%) incidence and garlic (49%) incidence at their 10 per cent concentration. Among the aqueous plant extracts, wild garlic (Adenocalymma alliaceum) 10 per cent was identified as the most effective plant extract where disease symptom was not observed upto 67 days.

Key words: Papaya, Fusarium solani, Organic amendments and plant extracts


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 28-30 (2017)


Studies on changes during growth and development of phalsa (Grewia subinaequalis d.c.) fruits

Krishna Kumar Mishra1, Bhagwan Deen1 and Mahendra Chaudhary2

1Department of Horticulture, N.D.U.A. & T, Faizabad-224 229, India

2Department of Horticulture, C.S.A.U.A & T, Kanpur-208 002, India


(Received: March 05, 2016; Revised received: October 06, 2016;Accepted: October 09, 2016)


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Abstract: Phalsa (Grewia subinaequalis D.C.) grown worldwide but in India acupise large area.Phalsa has great utility and its own importance and usefulness but its cultivation is restricted and confined to only small scale in a particular area. An experiment was designed physico-chemical changes in phalsa fruits. The maximum TSS was observed (15%), reducing sugar (10.10%), Total sugars (12.25%), ascorbic acid (37.08 mg/100g), anthocyanins (205.00 mg/100g) at 40 days of intervals while the maximum acidity (2.47%) at 24 days of intervals and the non- reducing sugar (4.15%) at 16 days intervals. Whereas, the maximum chlorophyll (2.61 mg/100g) were found in first day.

Key words:Changes,Growth and Development, Phalsa Fruits


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 31-34 (2017)


Oil content, seed viability, nutrient uptake and post-harvest soil fertility as influenced by nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer levels and ratios in groundnut production

Naveen Kumar, B.T.*, Lokanath, H. Malligawad, Bhavya, M.R., Rajesh, H.R. and Maruthesh, A.M.

Department of Agronomy, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad-580 005, Karnataka, India


(Received: January 29, 2016; Revised received: October 05, 2016;Accepted: October 09, 2016)


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Abstract: Field experiment was conducted in clay loam soil to evaluate the influence of different ratios of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers and top dressing of nitrogen fertilizers in TAG 24 cultivar during Kharif 2011. The experiment was laid out in randomized complete block design. The treatments comprised of 14 N/P fertilizer ratios. The N/P fertilizer ratio of 0.57 recorded significantly higher seed oil content (47.23), oil yield (1575 kg ha-1), seed germination (94.00%), and seedling vigour index (2472.8) as compared to control and potassium level alone. With respect to nutrient uptake, the same N/P fertilizer ratio shown significant effect on nitrogen uptake (225.53 kg ha-1), phosphorus (21.33 kg ha-1) and potassium (112.31 kg ha-1) over control and other N/P fertilizer ratios and it was on par with N/P ratio of 0.52, 0.70 and 0.78.

Key words: N/P fertilizer ratios, Oil content, Nutrient uptake


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 35-38 (2017)


Response of certain physical and chemical treatments to improve seed germination of Rauvolfia serpentina (L.) Benth. ex Kurz.

Ruchi Bajpai* and J.S. Chauhan

Department of Seed Science and Technology, H.N.B Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal-246174, Uttarakhand, India


(Received: March 19, 2016; Revised received: October 08, 2016;Accepted: October 12, 2016)


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Abstract: Rauvolfia serpentina (L.) Benth. ex Kurz. is a threatened plant species because of extensive utilization for its wide ranging medicinal applications. The roots of R. serpentina are under use in traditional and Modern systems of medicine. The wild population of this valuable medicinal plant is in dwindling stage in the natural habitats due to over exploitation and different anthropogenic activities. R. serpentina can be propagated by both seed and propagules but seed mediated propagation is unsatisfactory due to dormancy and poor germination. Thus efforts were made in this study to break dormancy and improve germination of seeds for boosting conservation. The viability of R. serpentina was found 69%. Germination percentage of treated seeds showed improved germination of 27.5% when treated with H2SO4 for 30 minutes. Scarified seed exhibited 38% germination and the highest germination achieved by Gibberellic acid 300ppm (59.7%) over control which resulted into only 13% germination. Temperature also influenced the germination percentage that was obtained highest at 300C. Results of treatments indicate the presence of coat induced and non-deep physiological dormancy in this species. Due to its potential to cure different diseases it is therefore essential to cultivate this drug yielding plant on large scale for the mass multiplication and production of quality planting material of R. Serpentina.

Key words: R. serpentina, Germination, Dormancy, Growth regulators and temperature


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 39-42 (2017)


Genetic Variability studies for yield, yield attributes and leaf rust resistance in F3population of the cross NIAW 1415 X Parula in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)

Sneha G. Lakkangoudar, S.S. Biradar*, V. Rudra Naik, S.A. Desai, Yashavanth K.J. and Basavaraja Sindhigeri

All Indian Coordinated Research on Wheat, UAS, Dharwad-580 005, India


(Received: March 05, 2016; Revised received: October 09, 2016;Accepted: October 12, 2016)


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Abstract: Information on the extent of genetic variability and heritability for important quantitative traits is a requirement to obtain a suitable plant breeding material. Present study was undertaken to evaluate fifty six F3 lines of the cross NIAW 1415 X Parula for grain yield, its attributing traits and leaf rust resistance. To estimate the genetic parameters like GCV, PCV, h­­2, GA and GAM, the F2 progenies were evaluated under normal as well as under artificial epiphytotic condition for all the nine quantitative characters.One of the ways in which the variability assessed is through the simplest approach of examining the variance component. The genetic variability studies in both the parents (NIAW 1415 and Parula) was found to be similar for most of the quantitative traits indicating, no much influence of rust pathogen on these traits. Whereas, the traits like SPS (Seeds Per Spike), TGW (1000 grain weight) and YP (Yield per plant) has recorded reduced level of expression with the respective values of 43.56, 35.45 (SPS), 30.25, 30.00 (TGW) and 25.45, 27.0 (YP) for respective parents indicating there is an influence of rust pathogen on yield contributing traits. Similar trend was recorded in F­3­ segregating population. High GCV (Genotypic Coefficient of Variation) and PCV( Phenotypic Coefficient of Variation) with the values of 21.20, 21.75 (GCV) and 28.57, 28.80 (PCV) were recorded for the traits such as PTP and YP respectively. This suggested the greater effectiveness of selection and improvement to be expected for these characters in future breeding programme. On the contrary, in protected experiment low GCV and PCV values were recorded for the traits such as, DFF (Days to Fifty percent Flowering), DM (Days to Maturity) and PH (Plant Height) indicating, less scope for selection as they are under the influence of environment. Interestingly some of the traits like PTP 9 productive tillers per Plant), SL (Spike Length), SKS (Spikelets per Spike) and YP (Yield per Plant) have recorded reduced level of GAM (Genetic Advance over Mean) in rust condition, hence the selection is not suitable for these traits in disease condition as they are effected by rust pathogen. Traits like PTP and YP recorded higher GAM hence, selection is desirable for these traits in protected condition.

Key words: F3, GCV, h2, PCV, Wheat


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 43-46 (2017)


Investigations on fuel properties of stable ethanol-bio diesel with surfactant for their use in 3.75 KW C I engines

Gajendra Singh*1, S.C. Moses2 H.L. Kushwaha3 and K.C. Pandey4

1Department of Agricultural and Food Engineering, IIT Kharagpur-721 302, WB, India

2Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, Ald- 211007, India

3Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi, India; 4Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal, India


(Received: December 18, 2015; Revised received: October 09, 2016;Accepted: October 14, 2016)


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Abstract: This experimental study was carried out to determine the feasibility of utilization of ethanol–biodiesel with substitute fuel as biodiesel in compression ignition (CI) engines. The fuel properties of ethanol–ethyl acetate–biodiesel as 2000-10/0/90, 2000-15/5/76, 2000-20/10/70, 2000-25/11/64, 2000-30/11.5/58.5, 2000-35/12/53, 2000-40/12.5/47.5, 2000-45/13/42, 1900-10/22/68, 1900-15/26/59, 1900-20/29/51,1900-25/9/66, 1900-30/10/60, 1900-35/12/53, 1800-10/36/54, 1800-15/39/46, 1800-20/41/39, 1800-25/13/62, 1800-30/18/52, 1700-10/43/47, 1700-15/45/40, 1700-20/52/28, and 1700-25/27/48 have been determined in accordance with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and Institute of Petroleum (IP). When compared to bio-diesel, the substitute fuelprepared from 200°, 190°,180 and 170 proof ethanol were found to have relative density variations from 0.7923, 0.8113, 0.8265 and 0.8416and Kinematic viscosity of substitute was found to be 10 to 22% less than that of the biodiesel. The flash point of above substitute was found as 38.0, 25.4, 22.5, 19.6, 17.5 and 15.20 C respectively. The fire point of above substitute was found as 43.5, 30.8, 27.3, 24.9, 22.8 and 20.40 C respectively. The performance of a 3.73 kW diesel engine on alternative fuels of 200o ethanol with respect to brake power, fuel consumption and brake specific fuel consumption, O2 (%), Emission of CO2 (%), Emission of NO2 (ppm) and Emission of NO (ppm) revealed that these fuels have almost similar power producing capability with reduced exhaust emission. Thus, the stable alternative fuel of 200° proof ethanol had similar power producing capabilities, slightly higher fuel consumption, and lower exhaust emission as those of biodiesel fuel alone.

Key words: Ethanol biodiesel fuel properties performance and exhaust emissions


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 47-49 (2017)


Effect of nitrogen and phosphorus levels on sprouting of bulbs, vegetative growth and bulb production of tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa L.)

 Mahendra Pratap Singh and Ashok Kumar*

Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, N.D. University of Agriculture and Technology, Faizabad-224229, India


(Received: February 28, 2015; Revised received: October 09, 2016;Accepted: October 14, 2016)


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Abstract: An experiment was carried out at Main Experiment station, Department of Floriculture and Lanscape, Narendre Deva University of Agriculture & Technology, Narendra Nagar (Kumarganj), Faizabad (U.P.) during the year 2014-2015. The experiment conducted in Randomized Block Design (factorial) manner including 16 treatment combinations, comprising of 4 levels of nitrogen (0, 200, 300 and 400 kg/ha) and 4 levels of phosphorus (0, 150, 200 and 250 kg/ha). Results revealed that higher levels of nitrogen and phosphorus had reduced the days taken to complete sprouting (31 days), increased the sprouting percentage (95 %) and number of sprouts (3.45) per bulb, they also enhanced the plant height (49.80 cm) and number of leaves (25.80) per plants. It has been noticed that nitrogen and phosphorus levels influenced the number and weight of bulbs produced per clump as well as per hectare. Maximum number of bulbs (8.93) and bulb weight (280.00 g) per clumps were recorded with N3P3 treatment (400 kg N+250 kg P per ha).

Key words: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Tuberose, Bulb


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 50-53 (2017)


Response of pruning time on vegetative growth and yield of Guava (Psidium guajava L.) selections

P.H. Nikumbhe*, A.M. Musmade and R. S. Patil

Department of Horticulture, Post Graduate Institute, Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth; Rahuri-413 722, Maharshtra, India


(Received: March 23, 2015; Revised received: October 09, 2016;Accepted: October 14, 2016)


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Abstract: The present investigation was done on six pruning time’s i.e 15th May, 15th June, 15th July, 15th August, 15th Sept and Control and seven different genotypes such as. Sardar, RHR-Guv-58, RHR-Guv-60, RHR-Guv-14, RHR-Guv-16, RHR-Guv-3 and RHR-Guv-6. The experiment was laid out in factorial randomized block design with fourty two treatments replicated two times. Growth characters were significantly influenced by different genotypes. The plant spread, number of sprouted shoots, girth of shoot, shoot length was recorded maximum in Sardar. The Minimum time required for initiation of new shoots was observed in 15th May pruning time and in Sardar and also in their interactions. As well as, with respect to marketable yield 15th July pruning time was found to be better.

Key words: Psidium guajava, Pruning time, Sprouting of shoot, Vegetative growth, Yield


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 54-57 (2017)


Assessment of genetic diversity for green and ripe chilli under alluvial zone of West Bengal

Dipak Kumar Murmu1, Bimal Das*2 and Rakesh Yonzone2, Chiranjit Mazumder2, Aparajita Das3

1RRS, UBKV, Majhian, Dakshin Dinajpur, West Bengal-733133, India

2College of Agriculture, Extended Campus (UBKV), Majhian, Dakshin Dinajpur, West Bengal-733133, India

3Dept of Genetics and Plant Breeding, UBKV, Pundibari, Cooch Behar, West Bengal-733133, India

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(Received: February 14, 2016; Revised received: October 11, 2016;Accepted: October 11, 2016)


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Abstract: For improving the yield potential of varieties and hybrids the decision should be made about the choice of right type of parents for hybridization. Based on the determination of divergence for the characters pertaining to green and ripe chilli all the 24 genotypes could meaningfully be grouped into 10 clusters. Cluster I was comprises maximum 7 and 5 genotypes for green and ripe chilli. Highest percent contribution characters to the divergence of the genotypes based on green chilli characters were fruit weight (22%), pedicel length (20.4%), pedicel: fruit ratio (13.5%), days to first flowering (12.19%), seeds fruit-1 (9.88%), fruit yield plant-1 (9.77%), fruit length (6.66) and fruit plant-1 (3.4%) and based on ripe chilli, characters were dry weight of ripe fruit (45.05%), fruit yield (26.09%), days to first flowering (8.3%), seeds fruit-1(7.1%), pedicel length (6.34%) and fruit weight (5.1%). The genotypes from the Cluster V, VII, VIII and XI could be selected for hybridization programme to produce highly heterotic genotypes as these were found to be most divergent with a number of desirable traits. Therefore, diversepromising genotypes viz., AC 575, AC 573 , Hyb 3(2)-2 , AC 587, AC 571, Hyb 3(2)-1 and AC 576 emerged as outstanding which may be used as such as breeding lines to develop the varieties after rendering to stability through necessary purification by selfing and single plant selection.

Key words:Chilli (Capsicum annuum L.), Genetic diversity, Cluster analysis, Hybridization


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 58-64 (2017)


Effect of treated effluent water on yield, nutrient content and uptake by wheat- sorghum sequence

J.K. Parmar*1, Sandip Rathod2, A.S. Bhanvadia3 and V. P. Ramani4

1Department of Agriculture Chemistry and Soil Science, B. A. College of Agriculture, Anand Agricultural University, Anand

2Department of Agriculture Chemistry and Soil Science, College of Agriculture, Amreli

3Agricultural Research Station, 4Micronutrient Project (ICAR), Anand Agricultural University, Anand


(Received: February 22, 2016; Revised received: October 07, 2016;Accepted: October 11, 2016)


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Abstract:A field experiments was conducted on sandy loam soil (Typic Ustipsemments) to study the effect of application of effluent water alone and in combination with farm yard manure, gypsum and sewage sludge on yield, content and uptake of wheat and succeeding fodder sorghum, physicochemical properties and nutrient availability of the soil. The experiment was laid out in a randomized complete block design (RCBD) with three replications comprised of ten treatments. Among the ten treatments, application of tube well water + FYM @ 5 t ha-1 (T6) showed the best positive effect and significantly increased grain (52.79 kg ha-1) and straw (62.77 kg ha-1) yield of wheat as well as succeeding fodder yield of sorghum (35.45 kg ha-1) which were 35.29, 41.57 and 33.72 per cent higher over effluent water applied alone, respectively. In general, all the macro (N, P, K, S) and micro-nutrients (Fe, Mn, Zn, Cu) contents and uptake by wheat and sorghum were higher in T6 treatment (Tube well water + FYM @ 5 t/ha) which was at par with T8 (Treated effluent water + FYM @ 5 t/ha), T7 (Treated effluent water + gypsum @ 1 t/ha) and T10 (Treated effluent water + sewage sludge @ 3 t/ha). It was also noted that application of treated effluent water increases EC and reduced fertility of soil, however, its detrimental effect was decreased when the effluent water or sludge applied with amendments i.e . FYM and gypsum. The application of T6 treatment (Tube well water + FYM @ 5 t/ha) increased the available N (265 kg ha-1), P (27.95 kg ha-1) and K (397 kg ha-1) status after harvest of wheat-sorghum sequence, while application of gypsum with irrigated by treated effluent water increases the available S(5.13 kg ha-1) status after harvest of sequence.

Key word:Effluent water, FYM, Gypsum, Sewage-sludge, Nutrients, Yield


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 65-67 (2017)


Effect of nutrient managment and foliar spray on yield, quality and nutrient uptake of groundnut (Arachis Hypogaea)

C.M. Munirathnamma*1, V. Shakaranarayana2 , L.N Lakshmi3 and V. Mahesh Babu3

1Department of Agronomy, 3UAS, GKVK, Bangalore- 560 065; 2 Collegeof Sericulture, Chintamani, Chikkaballapura


(Received: October 15, 2015; Revised received: October 08, 2016;Accepted: October 11, 2016)


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Abstract: A field experiment was conducted at Agricultural Research Station, chintamani (Karnataka) during rainy (Kharif) season of 2013 on sandy loam soil to study the effect of nutrient management and foliar application of nutrient supply on yield and quality of groundnut. Treatments comprised offour nutrient management practices and three foliar application nutrients were tested in split plot design with three replications. Results revealed that application of FYM +Rec. NPK + Borax @ 5 kg + ZnSo4 @ 10 kg ha-1recorded maximum yield and oil quality. Foliar application of 2% urea recorded highest yield and oil quality attributes. Application of FYM +Rec. NPK + Borax @ 5 kg + ZnSo4 @ 10 kg ha-1 along with foliar spray of 2% urea at 30 and 60 DAS improved yieldand nutrientuptakeof groundnut . Highestnet return and benefit cost ratio was observedwithcombinedapplicationofFYM +Rec. NPK + Borax @ 5 kg + ZnSo4 @ 10 kg ha-1 andfoliar spray of 2% urea at 30 and 60 DAS.

Key words: Groundnut, INM, 2% Urea, Foliar spray, Nutrient uptake


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 68-70 (2017)


Incidence of bovine leukocyte adhesion deficiency carrier in breeding sires of West Bengal

Krishnendu Mondal*1, S. Chakravarti2, A.K. Ghosh1, S. Kumar2, P.K. Senapati3, U. Sarkar3, R. Deb4 and A. De5

1Department of Animal Genetics and Breeding, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, G.B.P.U.A.&T., Pantnagar-263 145,India

2Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly, India

3Department of Animal Genetics and Breeding, Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences,W.B.U.A.F.Sc., Kolkata, India

4Animal Genetics & Breeding Section, Central Institute of Research on Cattle, Modipuram, Meerut, India

5Frozen Semen Bull Station, Haringhata, Department of Animal Resources Development Department, Government of West Bengal, India


(Received: March 03, 2016; Revised received: October 11, 2016;Accepted: October 15, 2016)


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Abstract: Bovine leukocyte adhesion deficiency (BLAD) is a genetically transmitted disease and inherited as an autosomal recessive defect. Keeping this in view the present study was conducted to estimate incidence of carrier animals in a herd of breeding bulls for mutation in Integrin â2 gene, reared at Frozen Semen Bull Station (FSBS), Haringhata, Nadia, West Bengal, India. A total of 80 bulls of different age group were randomly selected from different cattle breeds (Sahiwal, Gir) to screen presence of BLAD syndrome in breeding sires. Genomic DNA was isolated from blood of the selected bulls. PCR parameters were standardized to obtain 570 bp amplicon. This amplified PCR product (amplicon) of ITGB2 gene was digested using TaqI (5’T“!CGA3’)restriction enzyme for screening of mutation in BLAD allele. TaqIPCR-RFLP revealed no such mutation thus indicating the absence of bovine leukocyte adhesion deficiency (BuLAD) allele in animals under study.

Key words: BLAD, ITGB2, PCR-RFLP, TaqI


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 71-74 (2017)


Studies on genetic variability in segregating populations of okra and their character association

Rekha Hallur*, T. Shantappa andJagadeesha R.C.

Department Crop Improvement and Biotechnology, K.R.C. college of Horticulture, Arabhavi- 591218, Gokak, Karnataka, India


(Received: January 23, 2016; Revised received: October 11, 2016;Accepted: October 16, 2016)


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Abstract: An experiment was conducted to determine the genetic variability, nature of association among different yield attributes and their direct and indirect contribution towards yield of F2 and F3 populations of okra.In F2 and F3 populations of okra the analysis of variance, it was observed that, mean squares due to genotypes were significant for all the traits indicating the presence of genetic variability in the experimental material. The values of expression of the selected characters were found more in F3 population compared to F2 population. The GCV, heritability and genetic advance were higher for fruit weight (10.21, 54.00 and 3.22), number of branches (10.25, 62.00 and 1.12), fruit yield per plant (31.70, 54.00 and 6.05), number of fruits per plant (3.22, 51.00 and 0.83) and days to 50% flowering (1.94, 67.00 and 0.99) which might be attributed to additive gene action of inheritance in F3 population. From the correlation and path coefficient analysis revealed that, the top priority should be given to selection based on number of branches per plant (0.1742), number of fruits per plant (0.4763**), fruit length (0.3071**), fruit diameter (0.4135**) and fruit weight (0.9189**) for yield improvement and could be considered while formulating selection indices in the improvement of okra. Path coefficient analysis revealed that, fruit weight had maximum direct contribution (0.8732) towards fruit yield followed by number of fruits per plant (0.3787). This revealed that, F3 population showed more variability compared to F2 population in the segregating generations.

Key words: Genetic variability, Correlation, Path analysis, Okra, Yield, F2 and F3 population


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 75-77 (2017)


Effect of american cotton based intercropping system

on yield, quality and economics

Ravindra Kumar*1, A.B. Turkhede1, R.K. Nagar1 and Rajesh Kumar2

1Department of Agronomy, Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola, Maharastra-444 104, India

2Department of Agronomy, Sri Karan Narendra Agriculture University, Jobner, Rajasthan-303329, India


(Received: September 18, 2015; Revised received: October 10, 2016;Accepted: October 16, 2016)


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Abstract: The field experiment entitled “Effect of american cotton based intercropping system on yield, quality and economics” was conducted during kharif season of 2014-15 at the farm of AICRP for Dryland Agriculture, Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola (Maharashtra). The experiment was laid out in randomized block design, replicated thrice with eleven treatments. Seed cotton yield (1139 kg ha-1), stalk yield (1898 kg ha-1), biological yield (3164 kg ha-1), ginning percentage (41.8 %) and seed index (8.47) were recorded highest in sole cotton than rest of treatments. Whereas harvest index (46.22), lint index (5.84) and earliness index (0.61) were recorded higher in cotton + clusterbean intercropping system. While maximum GMR (76302 Rs ha-1), NMR (34066 Rs ha-1) and B:C ratio (1.81) were recorded significantly in cotton + cowpea intercropping system.

Key words: Economics, Intercropping, Stalk yield


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 78-83 (2017)


Impact of selective herbicides on weed ecology and yield of late sown wheat crop in Indo-Gangatic Plains of India

RajendraK. Singh1, S.K. Dubey2, Bheem Pareek1, A.K. Singh3 and Somen Acharya1

1Department of Soil and Nano Science Defence Institute of High Altitude Reaearch, DRDO, Leh-Ladakh, India

2Department of Water Resource Development and Management, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India

3Department of Agronomy,N.D.U.A&T, Kumarganj, Faizabad, India


(Received: November 20, 2015; Revised received: October 16, 2016;Accepted: October 22, 2016)


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Abstract: One of the factors in limiting the crop growth is weeds and chemical control methods are considered to be appropriate in controlling weeds. But Continuous use of a particular herbicide may result in tolerance in weeds. To find out the suitable and most effective newly developed herbicides against important grassy species of weeds of wheat viz. Phalaris minor and other important weeds appearing in late sown wheatdue to development of resistance, which may be one of important limiting factors responsible for low yield that hampers crop productivity. Application of pinoxaden was found more effective against grassy weeds while carfentrazone was quite suitable against broad-leaved weeds (BLW). Most appropriate combination of herbicides against both (grassy and BLW) was pinoxaden 40 g and carfentrazone 25g which was almost at par to weed free situation.

Key words: Weed density, Herbicide selectivity, Weed control efficiency and wheat yield


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 84-86 (2017)


Response of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) to different levels of sulphur and sulphur oxidizing biofertilizer (Thiobacillus thiooxidans)

Ashok Choudhary, Vikram Singh, Naresh Kumar

 Department of Agronomy, Allahabad School of Agriculture, SHIATS, Allahabad-211 007, India


(Received: January 06 2016; Revised received: October 18, 2016;Accepted: October 22, 2016)


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Abstract: A field experiment was to concluded the response of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) to different levels of sulphur and sulphur oxidizing biofertilizer (Thiobacillus thiooxidans) in Randomized Block Design with eight treatments replicated thrice. The results showed under treatment T8 (45 kg ha-1 sulphur + sulphur oxidizing biofertilizer) produced significantly higher plant height (154 cm), leaf area (99.55 dm2), leaf area index (7.29), dry weight (68.77 g). The significantly higher yield attributes and yield under treatment T8 (45 kg ha-1 sulphur + sulphur oxidizing biofertilizer) with head diameter (15.32 cm), head weight plant-1 (351.18 g), seed yield (2372.66 kg ha-1),stover yield (3117 kg ha-1), harvest index (43.21%) and oil content (39.05%) was recorded in treatment T8 (45 kg sulphur + sulphur oxidizing biofertilizer).

Key words: Sulphur, Sulphur oxidizing biofertilizer, Thiobacillus thiooxidans, Sunflower, Helianthus


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 87-90 (2017)



ManishaPandey*1,Shafaat Ahmad2andKunwarZeeshanKhan2

1DepartmentofBiologicalSciences, 2DepartmentofPlantPathology, SHIATS, Naini,Allahabad- 211007, India


(Received: April 01 2016; Revised received: October 22, 2016;Accepted: October 28, 2016)


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Abstract: TheefficacyofplantextractsandbiocontrolagentsweretestedagainstdampingoffdiseaseofchillicausedbyPythiumaphanidermatum.Fivebiocontrolagents (T. harzianum, T. hamatum, T. asperellum, BacillussubtilisandP. fluorescens)and fourbotanicals(Catharanthus roseus, Lantanacamara, Eucalyptusglobolusand Lawsoniaintermis )wereselectedbyscreeningagainsttestpathogenininvitro.Effectiveplant extractsandbiocontrolagentswerefurthertestedagainstdampingoffdiseaseinpotandfieldconditionswithpositiveandnegativecontrol.Thepooleddataoftwoyearresearchtrail(2013-14and2014-15)revealedthatseedtreatmentwithT. harzianumshowsmaximumdiseasereductionin preemergenceandpostemergence(84.38 % and 85.01 % respectively)overthecontrolfollowedbyLantanacamara,P. fluorescens andrestofthe treatmentsascomparedtothecontrol.However,seedtreatmentofP.fluorescensshowedmaximumplantgrowthandyield(shootlength, rootlengthandyieldwererecorded 11.39cm,6.59cmand117.22gm/plantrespectively)in compare of other treatments.Ridomileffectivelyreducediseaseoverthecontrolpreandpostemergence(87.50 %and87.32%respectively)andincreaseplantgrowthandyieldofchilliplantsaspositivecontrol.



Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 91-94 (2017)


Genetic divergence in pod and seed traits of Pongamia pinnata (L.) Pierre: a versatile leguminous tree

A.K.Singh*1 , Y.S. Yadav1, R. K. Anand2 and A.M.Wani1

1School of Forestry and Environment, SHIATS, Allahabad-211 007, India; 2 KVK, Sonbhadra, India


(Received: April 06 2016; Revised received: October 20, 2016;Accepted: October 25, 2016)


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Abstract: Pongamia pinnata is a medium-sized fast growing nitrogen fixing tree popularly known as Karanj. It is an excellent multipurpose tree with each and every part of the tree having specific use. The seeds of Pongamia contain 30 to 40 % thick reddish brown oil known as Pongam oil, which can be converted to biodiesel by transesterification method. Thirty candidate plus trees (CPTs) of P. pinnata were selected from 30 different locations in Uttar Pradesh for the study of genetic divergence in pod and seed characters. The eight Principal Component (PCs) explained large portion (97.12%) of the total variation. The study revealed that the cluster analysis performed on the scores of the first eight PCs resulted into five clusters with cluster IV comprised highest number of ten candidate plus tree followed by cluster II, III, V and I having 7, 7, 5 and 1 CPT, respectively. Seven CPTs in cluster II (S2, S3, S13, S22, S23, S26 and S27) had high mean values and combination of desirable traits and can be directly selected for further genetic improvement programme.

KeyWords:Genetic divergence, leguminous tree, nitrogen fixing, Pongamia pinnata


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 10 (1) 95-98 (2017)


Impact of foliar-spray of bio-regulators on quality and production of pearl millet [pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br. emend Stuntz] varieties

Anshul Gupta*1, O.P. Sharma1, Radhika Bhanwar Solanki1, Nitish Kumar2

1Department of Agronomy, Sri Karan Narendra Agriculture University, Jobner- 303329, India

 2Department of Agronomy, Rajendra Agricultural University, Samastipur-848125, India


(Received: August 01, 2015; Revised received: January 14, 2016;Accepted: January 18, 2016)


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Abstract: A set of treatments involving four bio-regulators control, salicylic acid, thioglycolic acid and thiourea and and its effect on nutrient uptake, protein content and yield were studied on four varieties of pearl millet( RHB-121, RHB-173, RHB-177 and Raj-171) during the rainy seasons from 2014-15. Results revealed that the cultivar RHB-173 recorded significantly higher N, P and K uptake (66.08, 11.33 and 114.61 kg/ha) and yield (2175 kg/ha) over the other cultivars and higher protein content over Raj-171. Among the foliar spray, TU resulted in significantly higher N and P uptake (67.82 and 11.83 kg/ha) over other bio-regulators but remained at par with TGA in total K uptake andyield. Protein content in grain improved significantly by spray of bio-regulators over control.

Key words: Bio-regulators, Nutrient uptake, Pearl millet, Varieties