Volume-9, Number-10, October-2016



Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1171-1174 (2016)


Integrated nutrient management in companion cropping of field pea (Pisum sativum) and Indian mustard (Brassica juncea) in riverine eco-system of U.P.

R.A. Singh*1, Jitendra Singh1, S.B. Pal1 and Rajeev Kumar Singh2

1C.S. Azad university of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur-208 002, India; 2Krishi Vigyan Kendra Rura Mallu, Jalaun, India


(Received: December 05, 2015; Revised received: June 29, 2016;Accepted: July 07, 2016)


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Abstract: The study was carried out during autumn season of 2003-04 and 2004-05.The soil of experimental site was sandy loam, having pH 8.5, organic carbon 0.45%, total nitrogen 0.04%, available phosphorus 10kg ha-1 and available potassium 278kg ha-1, therefore, the fertility status was poor. The treatment comprised of control, RDF, 50% RDF+100kg BOM ha-1, 75% RDF + 100kg BOM ha-1, 100% RDF + 100kg BOM ha-1, 50% RDF + 150kg BOM ha-1, 75% RDF + 150kg BOM ha-1, 100% RDF + 150kg BOM ha-1, 50% RDF + 200kg BOM ha-1, 75% RDF + 200kg BOM ha-1 and 100% RDF + 200kg BOM ha-1. These treatments were applied to dwarf field pea and Indian mustard under companion cropping of dwarf field pea and Indian mustard. The sowing of dwarf field pea and Indian mustard was done in north-south direction with row ratio of 5:1. Application of 100% RDF in the integration of 100kg BOM ha-1 (T5) and 75% RDF + 200kg BOM ha-1 (T10) increased the grain yield of dwarf field pea (2258 kg ha-1 in T5 and 2283 kg ha-1 in T10) and Indian mustard (264 kg ha-1 in T5 and 265 kg ha-1 in T10) over control (1013 kg ha-1 dwarf field pea and 102 kg ha-1 indian mustard) and recommended dose of fertilizer (1727 kg ha-1 dwarf field pea and 200 kg ha-1 Indian mustard). the nutrients supplied through 100% RDF + 100kg BOM ha-1 and 75% RDF + 200kg BOM ha-1 maintained the balance nutrition for dwarf field pea and Indian mustard in companion cropping system, which culminated to grain production of both crops. The growth and yield traits of both the crops were concordant to yields obtained from dwarf field pea and Indian mustard in companion cropping system.

Key words: Bajaj organic manure, companion cropping, North-South direction, Riverine soil, row ratio


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1175-1177 (2016)


Comparative studies of cultivars on growth, yield and yield attributing parameters of banana (Musa spp) in Assam condition

Sibani Gogoi*, Bipin Khangia and Kartik Baruah

Department of Horticulture, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat-785 013, Assam, India


(Received: December 09, 2015; Revised received: June 26, 2016;Accepted: June 30, 2016)


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Abstract: An experiment was carried to assess the performance of nine cultivars of banana belonging to AAA, AAB and ABB genomic constitution, viz., Karpurachakkarakeli, Champa, Rasthali, Barjahaji, Jahaji, Kachkal, Malbhog, Gandevi and Rajapuri. In the experiment significant variation were observed with respect to many growth and yield attributing parameters. Among these cultivars, Jahaji recorded the highest yield of 41.18 t/ha, followed by Barjahaji (39.19 t/ha). Moreover Jahaji recorded higher values for yield attributing characters such as number of hands per bunch, number of fingers and bunch weight. Therefore, the above cultivar can be considered as suitable cultivar for growing advantageously in Assam condition.

Keywords: Yield, Cultivar, Jahaji, Bunch weight, Banana


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1178-1180 (2016)


Genetic divergence studies in brinjal (Solanum melongena L.)

M.H. Ibaad*, V. Srinivasa, Mohammed Azhar Bintory, H.T. Shruthi, Heena Kauser and Md. Arshad

Department of Vegetable Science, College of Horticulture (Univ. of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shivamogga), Mudigere-577132, India


(Received: December 28, 2015; Revised received: July 02, 2016;Accepted: July 07, 2016)

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Abstract: The present investigation was conducted to study the nature and magnitude of genetic diversity of twenty eight brinjal genotypes collected from different geographical locations of India. These genotypes were grouped into five clusters. Cluster I revealed to be the largest, consisting of 19 genotypes and it is followed by cluster III with 6 genotypes. While, cluster II, cluster IV and cluster V contained single genotype each without any parallelism between genetic diversity and geographical distribution. Average Intra and inter cluster distances in studied genotypes showed range from D2 = 0.000 to D2 =381.44. It means the cluster posses highest intra distance D2 =381.44 which includes 19 genotypes and maximum inter cluster distance was observed between cluster IV and V (D2 = 4270.58) and cluster I and V (D2 = 2476.44).

Key words: Brinjal, Genotypes, Genetic diversity, Intra and Inter cluster


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1181-1183 (2016)


Character association studies in cluster bean [Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (L.) Taub.] genotypes for yield and yield attributing characters in northern dry zone of Karnataka

Gangadhara, T. C.*, Ganiger, V. M., Divya, B. and Bhuvaneshwari, G.

Department of Vegetable Science, University of horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot-591 310, India


(Received: October 29, 2015; Revised received: July 01, 2016;Accepted: July 05, 2016)

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Abstract: Relationship between yield and its component characters of sixty seven cluster bean [Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (L.)] genotypes were studied during October 2012 to December 2012. The yield and its 22 component characters were studied to know their relationship. Pod yield per hectare was highly significant and positive correlation with germination per cent, number of pods per cluster, 100 seed weight and ten dry pod weight. Dry pod yield per plant was highly significant and positively correlated with number of branches per plant, guar gum content, number of dry pods per plant and number of seeds per pod. Seed yield per plant was significant positive correlated with number of branches per plant, dry pod yield per plant, 100 seed weight and gum content.

Key words: Cluster bean, Pod yield, Seed yield, Correlation


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1184-1186 (2016)


Impact of front line demonstration (FLD) on the yield of soybean in Dewas district of M.P.

R.P. Sharma, K.S. Bhargav*, Ankita Pandey, Awdesh Singh and Manish Kumar

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, RVSKVV, Dewas, India


(Received: November 16, 2015; Revised received: June 21, 2016;Accepted: June 26, 2016)


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Abstract: Front line demonstrations are the best powerful tool of extension to motivate the farmer for adoption of an innovation. Forty FLDs were conducted by the KVK dewas during kharif season from 2010-11 to 2012-13. All these demonstrations were carried out by the active participation of farmer’s with the objective to demonstrate the improved technologies of oilseed production potential. The improved technologies consist, use of high yielding short duration variety JS 95-60, proper seed rate, seed inoculation with rhizobium and PSB culture, integrated nutrient management and integrated plant management. Demonstrations recorded higher yield over farmer’s practice. The improved technology gave higher yield of 1938 kg/ha as compared to 1584 kg/ha in the farmer’s practice. In spite of increase in yield of soybean, technology gap, extension gap and technology index existed. The improved technology gave higher gross return, net return with high benefit cost ratio (2.21) as farmer’s practice (1.94). An average additional investment of Rs 2053/- per ha coupled with scientific monitoring of front line demonstration and non monitoring factors were resulted in additional return of Rs 12101/- per ha.

Key words: Front line demonstration, Soybean, Oilseed, Impact


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1187-1189 (2016)

Study on growth, root yield and quality of radish (Raphanus sativus L.) as influenced by spacing and growth regulators

H.T. Shruthi*, V. Srinivasa and M.H. Ibaad

Dept. of Vegetable Science, College of Horticulture, Mudigere, (Univ. of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shivamogga-577 225), India


(Received: December 12, 2015; Revised received: June 21, 2016;Accepted: June 24, 2016)



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Abstract: An experiment was conducted to find out the optimum spacing and growth regulators levels in radish Cv. Pusa Chetki during 2014-15. The experiment consists of two spacing levels (45 × 45 cm and 30 × 30 cm) and five levels of growth regulators (GA3 200 ppm, GA3 250 ppm, NAA 200 ppm, NAA 250 ppm and control) in all possible combinations were assessed for vegetative and root parameters. Among the different spacings, S2 (45 x 45 cm) and among the different growth regulators levels, G2 (GA3 250 ppm) recorded maximum plant height, spread of plant, chlorophyll content in leaves, root length, root girth, fresh weight of root and dry weight of root. While, lower morphological and root parameters were observed at closer spacing S2 (30 x 30 cm) and in control G5 (water spray). Closer spacing recorded higher yield (23.52 t/ ha) compared to higher spacing (20.57 t/ha). Interactions of spacing and growth regulators levels were found significant with respect to morphological and root parameters. S2G2 (45 × 45 cm + GA3 250 ppm) treatment combination recorded significantly higher values for growth and root parameters.

Key words: Root yield, Radish, Spacing, Growth regulators, Quality


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1190-1193 (2016)


Influence of different herbicides on soil and weed parameters in Kinnow orchard

Bhanukar Manoj*, Preeti and Sindhu S.S.

Department of Horticulture, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar-125 004, India


(Received: February 08, 2016; Revised received: July 15, 2016;Accepted: July 19, 2016)


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Abstract: The experiment was conducted at Research Farm of the Department of Horticulture, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar during the year 2013 to find out the effect of herbicide application on soil and weed parameters in kinnow orchard. The treatments comprising nine levels of herbicide application which were laid out in a randomized block design with three replications. In the experiment, the minimum value for soil pH (7.8) and ECe (2.14) while maximum value for available Nitrogen (247.33), Phosphorous (16.89) and Potassium (313.33) were recorded with Manual weeding at monthly interval and the maximum values for soil moisture per cent at different depths 0-15cm (15.83), 15-30cm (16.12), 30-60cm (17.11) was found with Atrazine 2 kg + glyphosate 1%. Lowest number, fresh and dry weight of weeds at all monthly intervals were observed with manual weeding at monthly interval. The manual weeding at monthly interval was found most effective among herbicide treatments for maintaining soil parameters and reduced the growth of weeds.

Key words: Herbicides, Kinnow, Soil moisture, Weeding, Weeds


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1194-1196 (2016)


Genetic divergence of opium poppy (Papaver somniferum L.) germplasm

Amit Kumar*, O.P. Singh, Anuj Kumarand P. K. Singh

Department of Horticulture, N.D.U.A. and T., Kumarganj, Faizabad-224 229, India


(Received: December 11, 2015; Revised received: June 27, 2016;Accepted: July 02, 2016)


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Abstract: To study the genetic divergence among 40 germplasms of opium poppy ( Papaver Somniferum L.), the experiment was planted in Randomized Block Design with three replicates during rabi season (2013-14). The observations were recorded for the characters, namely, plant height (cm), number of leaves/Plant, leaf length (cm), leaf width (cm), peduncle length (cm), capsule length (cm), capsule width (cm), number of branches/Plant, days to first flowering, days to 50% flowering, husk yield (g), seed yield (g), number of stigmatic rays and capsule weight (g). On the basis of D2 analysis the germplasms were grouped into 7 clusters. Cluster-III has maximum 13 genotypes, while cluster-I and cluster-V comprised 5 genotypes each. Cluster-VI and cluster-VII represented with 4 genotypes each. Cluster-IV denotes 6 genotypes and cluster-II presented the minimum 3 genotypes. The maximum intra-cluster distance was recorded for cluster-II (114.515) followed by cluster-I (44.031) and minimum (0.000) for cluster-III, IV, V, VI and VII. The highest inter-cluster distance was observed between cluster-IV and cluster-VII (566.590) followed by cluster-III and cluster-V (564.497) and cluster-IV and cluster-VI (543.592). The maximum cluster mean of plant height-1 (129.29) was recorded for cluster-I. The maximum contribution towards genetic divergence was exhibited by Leaf length (16.28%) followed by leaf width (15.38%), days to first flowering (14.36%) and plant height (14.10%)

Keywords: Opium poppy, Germplasm distribution, Intra and Inter cluster values, Cluster means and contribution(%)


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1197-1199 (2016)


Removal of Pb (II), Hg(II) andNi(II) in binary systems by chitosan modified silica gel adsorbentfor water reusability

Sarita Joshi*1 and Dr. R.K. Srivastava2

Department of Environmental Sciences, College of Basic Science and Humanities, G.B.P.U.A.&T., Pantnagar-263 145, India


(Received: January 16, 2015; Revised received: July 12, 2016;Accepted: July 17, 2016)


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Abstract: In this study, chitosan and silica gel are used as suitable adsorbent for removal of Pb(II) and Ni(II) heavy metals. In this, chitosan silica gel adsorbent prepared, Batch studies were done to investigate the effectiveness of prepared adsorbent in removal of Pb (II) Hg(II) and Ni (II).It was found that the percentage of removal in order of Pb(II)> Hg(II) >Ni(II). Heavy metals pollution is a big problem, sustenance of water and its resources can be achieved by adopting this technique. Moreover, the percent removal achieved is highest upto 89.78% to 85%, 89.25 and 67.55% for Pb (II) Hg (II) and Ni (II) in combinations of binary systems respectively. The statistical analysis for both the combinations of binary systems showed that interaction between factors A (treatments) and factor B (Concentrations).Cd value at 5% level of significance showed that results are found to be highly significant for both the binary combinations.

Keywords: Adsorption, Nickel (II), Lead (II), Mercury (II) Chitosan – Silica gel composite and Water reusability


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1200-1202 (2016)


Study on morphological and biochemical bases for thrips (Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood) resistance in Chilli (Capsicum annum L.)

Megharaj, K.C.*, Ajjappalavara, P.S., Revanappa, Raghavendra S.,Tatagar, M.H.and Satish, D.

Department ofVegetable Science, College of Horticulture Science, UHS, Bagalkot-587 104, India


(Received: January 22, 2016; Revised received: July 11, 2016;Accepted: July 16, 2016)


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Abstract: Among 46 chilli genotypes, the thrips reaction indicated that 7 genotypes of chilli showed moderately resistance to thrips, while 37 genotypes showed susceptible and 2 genotypes resulted highly susceptible for the thrips infestation. Thrips incidence was found negative and significant correlation with fruit yield (-0.233), number of fruits/plant (-0.325), number of primary branches/plant (-0.314). To understand the biochemical basis for host plant resistance, various biochemical constituents were analysed and correlated with the thrips incidence. The biochemical components like non reducing sugars (-0.283) and total chlorophyll (-0.310) showed negative and significant association with the thrips incidence but reducing sugars (0.332), calcium (0.358) and sulphur (0.266) resulted positive and significant correlation with the thrips infestation. Hence, the plant morphology and biochemical parameters need to be considered for early identification of resistant genotypes during population screening.

Keywords : Biochemicals, Chilli, Genotypes, Resistance, Thrips


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1203-1206 (2016)


Dissipation and residue studies of imidacloprid in okra crop under Sub- tropical climate

Archana Suyal*andAnjana Srivastava

Department of Chemistry, Agricultural Chemicals lab, Collage ofBasic sciences and Humanities, G.B.P.U.A.&T., Pantnagar-263 145, India


(Received: January 20, 2016; Revised received: July 12, 2016;Accepted: July 16, 2016)


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Abstract: The dissipation of imidacloprid insecticide was evaluated in okra crop at two application rates (20 and 40g a.i./ha) under field conditions of subtropical region. The extraction of imidacloprid was done by QuEChERs (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Efficient and Rugged) method and quantification by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Dissipation of imidacloprid followed first order kinetics at both the application rates and the half-life (t1/2) for degradation of imidacloprid in okra was found to be 0.31 and 0.596 days at 20 and 40g a.i./ha treatment doses respectively. However no residues of imidacloprid (<0.02µg/g) could be detected at harvest time (15d after application of insecticide) either in okra or okra cropped soil.

Keywords :Okra, Neonicotinoid, Dissipation, Residue


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1207-1209 (2016)


Correlation and path analysis for gum content in

clusterbean [Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (L.) Taub.] genotypes

Sukhdeep Singh Sivia*, Baldeep Singh Beniwal, G.S. Dahiya and Manav

Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar-125 004, India


(Received: January 03, 2016; Revised received: July 10, 2016;Accepted: July 15, 2016)


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Abstract: The field experiment was carried out in thirty-three genotypes of clusterbean were evaluated for various biometrical traits. All the genotypes were grown in randomized block design with three replications under rain fed conditions. This study helps in identifying the characters which mainly contributing to the gum content. A critical perusal of correlation coefficients revealed that the gum content was found to be positively and significantly associated with 100 seed weight while days to maturity and plant height had negative association. Pod length and number of seed per pod had not significantly correlated. Path coefficient analysis revealed that 100 seed weight had positive and high direct effect followed by number of seeds per pod and plant height. The results present study suggested that selection based on the 100 seed weight might bring improvement in gum content of clusterbean.

Key words: Cyamopsis tetragonoloba, Correlation, Path analysis, Direct effect, Gum content


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1210-1214 (2016)


Characterization of muskmelon local types of Karnataka

for growth and yield attributing traits

Sudhakara T.*1 and Shivapriya Manchali2

1Department of Vegetable Science, College of Horticulture, Bengaluru, University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot-560 065, India

2Department of Biotechnology and Crop Improvement, College of Horticulture, Bengaluru, UHS, Bagalkot-560 065, India


(Received: December 17, 2015; Revised received: July 03, 2016;Accepted: July 07, 2016)


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Abstract: A field experiment was conducted during 2013-14 Rabi season. In present study twenty eight landraces of muskmelon collected from different parts of Karnataka along with two check varieties (Kashi Madhu and Durgapur Madhu) were characterized using PPVFRA DUS guidelines. The experiment was laidout in the Augmented Block Design, only check varieties were replicated in each of the four blocks once and the nine accessions of melon local types were randomly allotted for each blocks. Significant genetic variability was observed for most of the traits. The local melons exhibited wide variability for growth parameters and yield attributing traits. Growth performance results showed that the highest leaf blade length was recorded in COHB-006 (7.90cm) followed by COHB-001 (7.75cm) and highest leaf blade width was recorded in COHB-038 (10.20cm) followed by COHB-019 (10.00cm). Significant difference with respect to petiole length was also observed and COHB-019 recorded maximum petiole length (7.50 cm) followed by COHB-001 (6.50cm). Highest ovary length and width was recorded in COHB-002, COHB-032, COHB-034, COHB-037 (1.5cm) and COHB-012 (1.6cm) respectively. Based on the observations recorded, 23 genotypes were having monoecious sex form and seven genotypes were having andromonoecious sex form including both checks, Durgapur Madhu and Kashi Madhu. There was also significant difference with respect to yield attributing characters in all genotypes; highest fruit weight was recorded in COHB-034 (2.8kg). Genotype COHB-002 (25.00cm) produced longest fruits than the other genotypes. The highest flesh thickness was recorded in COHB-002 (4.38 cm). This study gives primary information regarding the genetic diversity existing among local muskmelon lines of Karnataka that could be utilized in crop improvement programme as well as conservation of germplasm.

Key words: Muskmelon, Augmented block design, Check varieties and Growth parameters


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1215-1217 (2016)


Mortality of Aenasius bambawalei Hayat following cold storage in mummies of Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley

Mandeep Rathee* and Pala Ram

Department of Entomology, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar-125 004, India


(Received: February 02, 2016; Revised received: July 18, 2016;Accepted: July 22, 2016)


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Abstract: Studies on mortality of Aenasius bambawalei (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) following cold storage of immature stage in mummies of Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) were carried out during 2012-2013 by storing freshly formed mummies of P. solenopsis for 1 to 8 weeks at three storage temperatures viz., 5, 10 and 15°C at 75 per cent relative humidity. Minimum mortality was recorded when mummies were stored up to one (0%), two (0%) and three (0-2%) weeks at 5, 10 and 15°C, respectively and these were at par with the mortality (0%) in control. Complete mortality of the parasitoid was recorded after 5, 7 and 8 weeks of storage at 5, 10 and 15°C, respectively. Significant detrimental effects of storage were found on prepupal, pupal and adult stage of parasitoid, developing during storage, when immatures were stored for more than (1, 3, 4 weeks at 5, 10 and 15°C), (2, 2, 3 weeks at 5, 10 and 15°C) and (1, 2, 3 weeks at 5, 10 and 15°C), respectively.

Key words: Aenasius bambawalei, Phenacoccus solenopsis, Mummies, Cold storage, Mortality, Prepupa, Pupa, Adult


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1218-1220 (2016)


Efficacy of certain chemicals and neem products against tobacco caterpillar (Spodoptera litura Fab.) on soybean (Glycine max L.)

Talvindra Singh*1, Ashwani Kumar2 and Gajendra Nagar1

1Department of Plant Protection Entomology, 2Entomology, SHIATS, Allahabed-211 007 , India


(Received: December 29, 2015; Revised received: June 14, 2016;Accepted: June 18, 2016)

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Abstract:A field experiment was conducted to study the efficacy of certain chemicals and Neem products against tobacco caterpillar (Spodoptera litura) on Soybean. Total two sprays were applied to protect the crop from Spodoptera litura using randomized block design with three replications. Chlorpyriphos 20 EC @ 0.05%, Cypermethrin 25 EC @ 0.006%, Quinalphos 25 EC @ 0.05%,Profenophos 50 EC @ 0.1%, Spinosad 45 SC @ 0.1%, NSKE 5%, Neem oil @ 1.0%were evaluated for their efficacy against Spodoptera litura damage Soybean. The observations of larvae of Spodoptera litura 24 hours before (Pre-treatment) and 3th, 7th, 10thand 15th day after spraying (Post-treatment) were recorded for computing the percent larvae reduction. The data were subjected to statistical analysis after appropriate transformation for interpretation. The treatment with recommended insecticide spinosad 45% sc @ 0.1% was of the most effective treatment followed with and profenophos 50% EC @ 0.1%,(Reducing percentage is 67.44, 65.85,63.30 and 53.22) Quinalphos 25 EC @ 0.05%, Cypermethrin 25 EC@0.006%, Chlorpyriphos 20 EC @ 0.05% and NSKE @ 5%.Neem oil @ 1%. The treatment was recorded percentage reducing of larvae by Spinosad86.06, 76.54, 66.05 and 62.11, Profenophos 67.44, 65.85,63.30 and 53.22, Quinalphos 76.32, 61.56, 58.32 and 51.37, Cypermethrin 70.85, 64.10, 59.00 and 51.27, Chlorpyriphos 68.19, 61.56, 57.32 and 47.91, NSKE 59.83, 50.41,44.80 and 43.02 and Neem oil 58.43, 46.23, 39.36 and 38.81.The treatments with Quinalphos 25 EC @ 0.05% and Cypermethrin 25 EC@0.006%,Conc. also performed well against this pest Chlorpyriphos 20 EC @ 0.05%, NSKE @ 5% and Neem oil @ 1.0%werefound less effective against Spodoptera litura. Spinosad (1:3.02) gave maximum cost benefit ratio followed by Quinalphos (1:2.83) Profenophos (1:2.81), Cypermethrin (1:2.80), Chlorpyriphos (1:2.74) and Neem oil (1:2.38) and NSKE (1:2.33) untreated control (1:1.60). Among the treatments the highest cost benefit ratio (C: B) of 1:3.02 was obtained with of Spinosad 45% SC @ 0.1%.

Key words: Efficacy, Chemicals, Neem product, Spodoptera litura, Glycine max L., Cost benefit ratio


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1221-1223 (2016)


New record of shoot weevil, Alcidodes affaber Aurivillius (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) on okra from Himachal Pradesh

Vinay Singh1, A.K. Sood*1 and Kolla Sreedevi2

1Department of Entomology, CSK Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur-176 062, India 

2Division of Entomology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110 012, India


(Received: January 07, 2016; Revised received: June 18, 2016;Accepted: June, 24, 2016)


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Abstract: Shoot weevil, Alcidodes affaber Aurivillius has been recorded as a serious pest in low-hill regions of Himachal Pradesh. Seasonal activity of A. affaber studied on okra revealed the infestation initiated in July and remain associated till harvest of the crop upto October. The peak of the infestation occurs during August with the infestation recorded upto 100 per cent in different localities surveyed. Crop grown during spring-summer season remained free from infestation. Only rainy season crop was affected by A. affaber.

Key words: Alcidodes affaber, Okra, Himachal Pradesh, New record


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1224-1228 (2016)


Estimates of genotype x environment interaction, disease reaction and path analysis studies for yield and yield attributing traits in pigeonpea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.]

Ramesh*1, Muniswamy S.1 and Yamanura2

1Agricultural Research Station, Aland Road, Kalaburagi-585 101, India

2University of Agriculture science, Krishi nagar, Dharwad-580-005, India


(Received: December 28, 2015; Revised received: June05, 2016;Accepted: June 09, 2016)


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Abstract: The present investigation consist of twenty genotypes of pigeonpea including check WRP-1which were studied in six different environments. The trials were conducted in a randomized block design with two replications in six different environment viz., kharif-2012, 2013 and 2014, three seasons of irrigated and same three seasons of rainfed condition. Highly significant differences among genotypes were observed for all the characters. Environmental + (Genotype x Environment) interaction was significant for all the characters except days to maturity, pod bearing length and 100 seed weight. All the traits under the study except for days to maturity and 100 seed weight showed significant differences in different environments. The variance due to pooled deviation was highly significant for all the characters except for primary branches and number of seeds per pod which reflect the presence of sufficient genetic variability in the material. The genotypes RVK-275 (X=41.2, bi=1.89 and S2di = 22.03), AKT-9913 (X =41.994, bi=1.70 and S2di = 18.25), ICP-8840 (X=37.9, bi=1.70 and S2di = 23.09) and RVK-285 (X=39.80, bi=1.50 and S2di = 29.56) were found to be a stable for seed yield per plant, test weight, primary branches, secondary branches, pod bearing length, number of seeds per pod and pod length, across the environments with good stability under rainfed and irrigated conditions compared to local check of the year 2012, 2013 and 2014. Path analysis revealed that days to 50% flowering (7.11), pod length (4.11), pod bearing length (4.32) and secondary branches(3.81) at genotypic level similarlynumber of pods per plant (0.70), 100 seed weight (0.42), days to maturity (0.32) and pod bearing length (0.32) at phenotypic level had the highest positive direct effect on grain yield. For maximizing the grain yield per plant emphasis should be given in selection of such characters for further improvement in pigeonpea. Two years of field screening for Fusarium wilt (FW) and Sterility Mosaic Disease (SMD), the genotype JSA-59 and WRP-1 is resistance to Fusarium wilt.JSA-59 and BDN-711 is resistance to SMD. Hence, it can be used directly as a variety or choice of parent for hybridisation programme.

Key words: Genotype x Environment (G x E), Fusarium wilt (FW), Path coefficient analysis, Sterility mosaic disease (SMD)


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1229-1231 (2016)


Effect of growth regulators on rooting of air-layers of rose apple (Syzigium jambos L.)

Khandade Suresh*1, Thippesha D.1 and Ganapathi M.2

1Department of fruit science,College of Horticulture, Mudigere-577 132, Chickmagalur, India

2University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Navule, Shivamogga-577 216, India


(Received: January 06, 2016; Revised received: June07, 2016;Accepted: June 10, 2016)


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Abstract: The study pointed out that, among the differentgrowth regulator formulations tried, 5000 ppm IBA + 1000 ppm of 1, 2, 4 acid formulation helped in better induction of rooting by over 74.67 per cent as against 42.67 per cent in the control. The next promotive effect in this regard was by treatment of T8, T5 andT11 which recorded 72, 68 and 66.67 per cent respectively.However, use of 1, 2, 4 acid with the growth regulators, especially IBA and NAA and their combination helps in better rooting of air-layers of rose apple.

Key words: Air-layering, Growth regulators, Rose apple


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1232-1235 (2016)


Effects of in-situ decomposition of paddy straw residues and different organic manures on yield and soil health of onion under organic farming

K.B. Patel, A.R. Kaswala*, P.K. Dubey and K.G. Patel

Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari-396 450, Gujarat, India


(Received: December 31, 2015; Revised received: June 12, 2016;Accepted: June 18, 2016)


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Abstract: A field experiment was conducted in factorial randomised design with seven treatments. Total seven treatments were applied, among them the application of paddy straw @ 5 t ha-1 with decomposing culture and 16.7%N- Biocompost + 33.33%N- Vermicompost + 33.33%N- Castor cake showed significantly higher values of fresh as well as dry yield of onion. Soil analysis after harvest of crop, indicated that values of pH, EC and organic carbon did not changes due to different treatments of paddy straw and organic manures. However, overall effect of treatments brought significant change in these chemical properties. The effect of different treatments on various available major and minor nutrients was variable but the treated plots recorded significantly higher amount of these nutrients compared to control. The highest percentage of total nitrogen efficiency and agronomic efficiency were also found in treatment combinations P2O1 (43.70% and 33.84%) as compared to other treatments.

Key words: Onion, Organic farm, Paddy straw, Organic manures, Yield, Soil health


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1236-1238 (2016)


Influence of NPK and bio fertilizers on growth, yield and quality of china aster (Callistephus chinensis (L.) Nees) for cut flower production

B.L. Geeta*1, Siddappa2, M. Mahadevamma1, Likitha Raj1 and Manjunath Totad2

1Dept. of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture, 2Horticulture, College of Horticulture UHS Campus, GKVK, Bengaluru-560 065, India


(Received: December 26, 2015; Revised received: June 25, 2016;Accepted: July 01, 2016)


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Abstract: China aster [Callistephus chinensis (L.) Nees], is one of the most popular commercial flower crop grown throughout the world. Nutrition plays an important role for higher quality and yield of China aster cut flowers. Therefore present study on influence of NPK and bio-fertilizers on growth, yield and quality of China aster cv. Poornima for cut flower production. Among the different treatments maximum Plant height (54.67 cm), plant spread (42.60 and 41.00 in N-S and E-W) was recorded in treatment received 100 per cent NPK + Azospirillum + PSB. Number of branches per plant (18.17), number of cut flowers per plant and number of cut flowers per ha (7.33 and 8.13 respectively) and Benefit cost ratio (5.83) was recorded in treatment received 75 per cent N and P + 100 percent K + Azospirillum + PSB. Leaf area per plant 17.67cm2, stalk length (27.87 cm), flower diameter (6.09 cm) was recorded in treatment received 50 per cent N and P + 100% K + Azospirillum + PSB.

Key words: Available NPK, Azospirillum, Biofertilizer, China aster and PSB


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1239-1241 (2016)


Studies on the performance of isabgol (Plantago ovata Forsk) genotypes under Uttar Pradesh conditions

Sachin Tyagi*1, O.P. Singh1, Anuj Kumar1, Sanjay Sahay2, A.H. Nanher3 and Praveen Kumar Mishra2

1Dept. of Horticulture, Narendra Deva University of Agriculture and Technology, Faizabad-224 229, India

2Dept. of Horticulture (Fruit and Fruit Technology),3Dept. of Agronomy,Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, Bhagalpur-813 210, India


(Received: December 26, 2015; Revised received: July 22, 2016;Accepted: July 27, 2016)


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Abstract: A field experiment was conducted during 2011- 2012 to assess the performance of 42 Isabgol genotypes for commercial cultivation under Uttar Pradesh conditions. Among all 42 genotypes, a few genotypes like PP-10-4 gained the maximum plant height (33.35 cm) followed by Gummary (33.3 cm) whereas; the genotype Plampur-2 produced profuse tillers (7.0). The genotype HI-32 showed the earliest spike emergence (60.3 days) and 50% flowering (70.4 days) as compared to other one. As for as suitability of particular genotypes is concern, the maximum number of spikes per plant in Gummary (38.8), maximum test weight (2.415g/1000 seeds) in DM-11, highest seed yield per plant in Palampur-2 (5.650 g)followed by MPI 1 (5.141gm), Gummary (4.814g), DM-11 (4.659g), DM 10 (4.436gm) and GI2 (4.413g) was recorded. The highest swelling factor was observed in HI-5 (11.90 cc per g seed husk) while the lowest in PB-17 (10.14 cc g of seed husk). On the basis of this field trail in terms of seed yield the genotypes Palampur-2, MPI- 1, Gummary, DM-11, DM-10 and GI-2 can be chosen for commercial cultivation in U.P. conditions.

Key words: Isabgol, Genotypes performance, Morphological attributes and Yield


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1242-1244 (2016)


Effect of different growth regulators and growing media on shoot parameters of air-layers in rose apple (Syzygium jambos L.)

Khandade Suresh*1, Thippesha, D.1 and Thippeshappa, G.N.2

1Department of fruit science,College of Horticulture, Mudigere-577 132, Chickmagalur, India

2University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Navule, Shivamogga-577 216, India


(Received: February 02, 2016; Revised received: July 29, 2016;Accepted: August 06, 2016)


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Abstract:The research was conducted to know the effect of different growth regulators and growing media on survival of air layers in rose apple. The results revealed that among the different media, the maximum height (46.14 cm), number of leaves (25.43) of air layers in the media comprising soil, sand and vermicompost (1:1:2). The air layers raised under control (soil) recorded significantly minimum values in both parameters. Among the growth regulators with or without 1, 2, 4 acid treated air layers, the maximum height (45.10 cm) of air layer, number of leaves (23.44) were recorded in (GR1) 5000 ppm of IBA + 1000 ppm 1, 2, 4 acid. Whereas, The interaction of different media and growth regulators with or without 1, 2, 4 acid treated air layers, the maximum height of layers (49.31 cm) was recorded in (GM3) soil, sand and vermicompost (1:1:1) with (GR1) IBA 5000 ppm + 1, 2, 4 acid 1000 ppm.

Keywords: Air-layering, Growth regulators, Growing media, Shoot parametrs, Rose apple


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1245-1248 (2016)


Spotting of protein rich and high yielding maize (Zea mays L.) Inbred lines to alleviate the protein energy malnutrition

Pavan M.P.*, E. Gangappa and Raghavendra P.

Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, College of Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bengaluru-560 0065, India


(Received: January 31, 2016; Revised received: August 02, 2016;Accepted: August 08, 2016)


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Abstract:An investigation was undertaken with twin objectives of assessing the variability for grain nutrients among 561 maize inbred lines using NIR facility and to assess the grain yield potential of 53 selected protein rich maize inbred lines during summer and kharif-2014, respectively, following randomized block design with two replications. High genotypic co-efficient of variation for most of the characters indicated the presence of higher magnitude of genetic variability among the inbred lines. A close correspondence between phenotypic co-efficient of variation and genotypic co-efficient of variation for most of the characters indicated lower environmental influence and effectiveness of selection. Weak association between grain yield with crude protein and essential amino acids suggested their independent genetic control. The inbred lines grouped under different clusters differed significantly for most of yield related traits. The high yielding and high crude protein content inbred lines could be used as parents to develop high yielding-protein rich single cross hybrids.

Key words: Clustering, Inbred lines, Maize, NIR, Protein


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1249-1251 (2016)


Seasonal variation in some physico-chemical characteristics of the soil of Khalia Top Grassland, Munsyari-Uttarakhand, India

Megha Bora* and Vir Singh

Dept. of Environmental Science, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, GB Pant Univ. of Agri. and Technol., Pantnagar-263 145, India


(Received: January 29, 2016; Revised received: August 01, 2016;Accepted: August 05, 2016)


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Abstract:Soil samples were collected from the depth of 0-15, 0-20 and 0-30 cm during autumn and summer seasons. The higher values of soil pH (7.6) were observed in summer than in the autumn season (6.86). However, the soil organic carbon content (2.94%), total nitrogen (0.37%), phosphorus (26.38 kg/ha) and potassium (220.56 kg/ha) were recorded in higher values during the autumn season than during the summer season. Thus, the seasons have a striking influence on soil characteristics of an alpine ecosystem.

Keywords: Grassland, Organic carbon, NPK, pH


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1252-1254 (2016)


Correlation and path coefficient analysis of economically important character in wheat (Triticum aestivum (L.) em. Thell)

Deshraj Gurjar1*, R.B. Dubey2, Shailesh Marker1 and Devendra Jain2

1Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, Allahabad-211 007, India

2Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur-313 001, India


(Received: February 07, 2016; Revised received: August 03, 2016;Accepted: August 07, 2016)


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Abstract:Twenty seven wheat genotypes were evaluated in Randomized block design for the study of correlation and path coefficient among the yield and yield contributing traits. Correlation study at phenotypic and genotypic level showed that grain yield per plant exhibit positive significant association with harvest index, test weight, biological yield, spike length, tillers per plant and plant height. In addition to above characters, flag leaf length and grain filling period also showed positive significant association with grain yield per plant. These characters are strongly associated with seed yield in wheat. Significantly inter correlation among traits is useful for breeding programme to improvement of yield and its components. Path analysis identified biological yield, harvest index, days to heading, spike length, grain filling period, plant height and test weight as highly desirable components for direct effects on grain yield. The inter-relationship among the characters identified above may be used in the breeding programme to exploit the yield potential for enhancing the productivity of the wheat and to develop high yielding varieties with ease and target oriented research work.

Key words: Wheat, Correlation, Path coefficient


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1255-1257 (2016)


Soil fertility status of bhilwara district of Rajasthan

K.L. Gurjer*1, K.K. Yadav2, Kanhaiya Lal1 and M.K. Kaushik3

1Department of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science, 2Department of Soil and Water Engineering, 3Department of Aronomy

Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur-313 001, India


(Received: December 28, 2015; Revised received: August 04, 2016;Accepted: August 08, 2016)


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Abstract: A survey was conducted during pre monsoon season of the year 2013 in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan to assess the soil fertility status and it was found that soil pH varied from 6.90 to 9.50 with mean value of 7.68. Most of the soil samples had EC less than 1.5 dSm-1 which indicate non saline normal soils. Soils were low to medium in organic carbon and available nitrogen while medium in available P2O5 and medium to high in available Potassium. In case of micronutrients 8.18, 31.82, 21.82 and 16.36 % samples of the study area were found deficient in DTPA Zn, Cu, Fe and Mn respectively.

Key words: Soil pH, EC, Available N,P,K and Cationic micronutrients


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1258-1263 (2016)


Estimates of genetic variation, correlation, path analysis and disease reaction studies for yield and yield attributing traits in minicore collection of pigeonpea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.]

Muniswamy S.1*, R. Lokesha2, Kantharaju, V.3, Ramesh1 and Yamanura1

1 Agricultural Research Station, Aland Road, Kalaburagi-585101 Karnataka, India

 2 Dept of Genetics and plant breeding, College of Agriculture, UAS Raichur-584 104, India

3 KRC College of Horticulture, Arabhavi, Gokak Tq. Belgaum District Karnataka, India


(Received: January 27, 2016; Revised received: August 05, 2016;Accepted: August 09, 2016)


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Abstract: The present investigation was carried out using 191 minicore collection of pigeonpea with 5 check varieties during kharif-2012 and kharif-2013 at two locations viz., Agricultural Research Station, Kalaburagi and Bidar. Analysis of variance revealed the significant difference among genotypes for all the characters. Genetic variability studies revealed high phenotypic co-efficient of variability (PCV), genotypic co-efficient of variability (GCV), heritability and per cent genetic advance for number of branches per plant, pod bearing length, number of pods per plant and seed yield per plant. Suggesting ample scope for improvement of yield through selection owing predominance of additive gene action for these traits. The characters like number of pods per plant and 100 seed weight had significant positive correlation with yield and high rate of positive direct effects with yield were observed both at phenotypic and genotypic level. It indicates that, emphasis can be laid on these two characters during selection of genotypes for improvement of yield. From two years of field screening for Fusarium wilt (FW) yielded eleven resistant genotypes of which ICP-8949, GRG-2009, ICP-11320, GRG-811 and GRG-333were wilt resistant and high yielding. The genotypes viz., Bahar, ICP-7035, ICP-11910 and RAJA were found resistant for Sterility mosaic disease (SMD). Hence, these genotypes can be used directly as a variety or choice of parent for hybridisation programme.

Key words: Correlation, Fusarium wilt (FW), Path analysis, Sterility mosaic disease (SMD)


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1264-1265 (2016)


Effect of integrated nutrient management on yield and quality of garlic (Allium sativum L.)

Eragegowda M.1 and Keerthishree M.*2

1Department of plantation spices , medicinal and aromatic crops, COH, Arabhavi, Bagalkot,-591 310 India

2Department of Processing technology, COA, vellayani, KAU, India


(Received: March 01, 2016; Revised received: August 25, 2016;Accepted: August29, 2016)


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Abstract: The experiment was laid out in a Randomized Block Design with eleven treatments and replicated thrice. The result indicated that the Highest bulb yield per plot (3.90 kg) and per hectare (10.39 t /ha). Higher sulphur concentration of bulb (0.043%) was recorded with the application of 75% RD N + RD PK + RD FYM + Azatobacter beijerinckii+ PSB + Trichoderma viride.

Key words: Garlic (Allium sativum L.), Organic, Inorganic, Bio-fertilizers, Yield, Quality


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1266-1269 (2016)


Role of Eichhornia crassipes for evaluation of quality of water polluting Ganga river

Kiran Gupta

Plant Genetic Unit, Botany Department, Lucknow University, Lucknow-226 007, India

(Received: January 06, 2016; Revised received: August 14, 2016;Accepted: August 19, 2016)



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Abstract: Aquatic macrophytes have been widely studied because of their capability of absorbing contaminants from water and their subsequent use in biomonitoring. Free floating aquatic macrophyte Eichhornia crassipes were treated with various concentrations of treated tannery effluent, under repeated exposure in controlled laboratory conditions in order to assess their maximum bioaccumulation potential. Phytoremediation with E. crassipes for 9 days improved the physico-chemical properties of the 100% effluent. The reduction in pH, TS, BOD and COD were 9.52%, 38.90%, 41.42 and 38.27% respectively. Metal content in the effluent was remained 1.38 mg l-1 after treatment with E. crassipes. The result showed a concentration and duration dependent accumulation of Cr in plant tissues. However maximum bioconcentration of Cr was in roots of E. crassipes (324 µg g-1 fw), followed by leaves (112 µg g-1 fw) in 100% effluent after 9 days of exposure. Physiological and biochemical responses of the plant viz. total chlorophyll, protein content and NR activity decreased with increase in effluent concentration and duration. At highest concentration and duration a maximum reduction of 32.34% in total chlorophyll content, 42.47% in protein content and 46.66% in NR activity was found in E. crassipes. Thus in lieu of above mentioned study E. crassipes may be usedas bioindicator tool for evaluatingquality of water polluting Ganga river.

Key words:Ganga river, Water hyacinth, Tannery effluent, Biochemical response


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1270-1271 (2016)


A meiotic study in Solanum diphyllum L.; an exotic plant species in India

Ashutosh Kumar Verma*, Monika Mishra , Liza Mallick and Harish Singh

Central Botanical Laboratory, Botanical Survey of India, AJC Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Howrah-711 103, India



(Received: January 12, 2016; Revised received: July 12, 2016;Accepted: July 19, 2016)


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Abstract: In present investigation 2n=24 as somatic chromosome count and 8(II)+ 4II as the most frequent bivalent configuration were recorded for S. diphyllum L.. The fate of meiosis in pollen mother cells was found to be normal except for fewer ones in which stickiness, bridge, stray and asymmetrical anaphase were noted as most common anomalies.

Key words: S. diphylum, Exotic, Meiosis, Chromosomal anomalies


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1272-1273 (2016)


Genetic variability studies in ginger (zingiber officinale rosc) genotypes

Ravi Y*., Narayanpur V.B., Gangadharappa P.M., Betageri, V.A. and Hiremath J.S.

Department of Plantation Spices Medicinal and Aromatic crops, Kittur Rani Channamma College of Horticulture, Arabhavi-591 218, India

University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot, India


(Received: December 12, 2015; Revised received: July 17, 2016;Accepted: July 22, 2016)


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Abstract: The genetic variability, heritability and genetic advance over mean were estimated for yield and quality traits in sixteen ginger germplasms. Wide genetic variation was observed for all genotypes for plant height, number of leaves per plant and fresh yield per plant and. Considering genetic parameters, high GCV was found highest for number of leaves (28.64%) followed by oleoresin content (20.64%) and fresh yield per plant (18.12%), respectively. In all cases, phenotypic variances were higher than the genotypic variances. Based on high heritability (h2 b.s.) fresh yield per plant (89.20%), oleoresin content (80.30%), stem girth (79.39%), number of leaves per plant (75.69%) and plant height (67.93) were found superior and high GAM was observed for number of leaves (51.32%), oleoresin content (38.11%) and fresh yield per plant (35.26%) found superior traits and representing additive genetic variance. Effective selection would be made considering these traits.

Key words: Genetic variability, Heritability


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1274-1277 (2016)


Histologicalimpact of tannery effluent on aquatic macrophyte

Kiran Gupta

Plant Genetic Unit, Botany Department, Lucknow University, Lucknow-226 007, India


(Received: January 06, 2016; Revised received: August 14, 2016;Accepted: August 19, 2016)


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Abstract: Anatomical studies were carried out to assess the effects of heavy metal accumulation within the aquatic plant (Eichhornia crassipes).For the study of histological impact of tannery effluent the plant parts were harvested after 9 days of treatment with various doses of tannery effluent (25%, 50%, 75% and 100%). The plant parts were cut into 10-15 cm pieces and preserved in formalin-acetic acid alcohol (FAA) a lethal chemical preservative. Manual sectioning was done to study the structural variations in cross sections. Variability in the anatomical structures exhibit by the reduction of plant’s cells sizes revealed its capacity to act as biomonitoring tool as well as toxic nature of effluent.

Key words: Water hyacinth, Tannery effluent, Histological response, Biomonitoring tool


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1278-1285 (2016)


A review on the use of botanical pesticides in insect pest management

Payal Devi1, Vandana Shukla2 and Yogesh Kumar Meshram 3

1Department of Entomology, 2Department of Plant Pathology, Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur (C.G.)-492 012, India

3Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture and Research Station , Janjgir-Champa-595 668, (C.G.), India


(Received: November 04, 2015; Revised received: July 11, 2016;Accepted: July 19, 2016)


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Abstract: Botanical pesticides are based on plant extracts. Botanical insecticides have long been touted as attractive alternatives to synthetic chemical insecticides for pest management because botanicals reputedly pose little threat to the environment or to human health. The practice of using plant materials against field and storage pests however has a long history in many indigenous and traditional farming communities across the world. A number of plant substances have been considered for use as insect antifeedants or repellents, but apart from some natural mosquito repellents, little commercial success has ensued for plant substances that modify arthropod behavior. In conventional agriculture, botanicals face tremendous competition from the newest generation of “reduced risk” synthetic insecticides such as the neonicotinoids. In the context of agricultural pest management, botanical insecticides are best suited for use in organic food production in industrialized countries but can play a much greater role in the production and postharvest protection of food in developing countries.

Key words: Botanical pesticide, Neem, Rotenone, Cinnamomum cassia, Tobacco, Pyrethrum, Sabadilla, Annonaceous acetogenins


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1286-1287 (2016)


Management of taphrina leaf blotch in turmeric caused

by Taphrina maculans (Butler and Bisby)

Zaheer Ahamed B, Siddaray Allolli, Anand Naik and Raju G Teggelli

KVK., Kalaburgi, Karnataka-585101, India


(Received: February 24, 2016; Revised received: August22, 2016;Accepted: August28, 2016)


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Abstract: Leaf blotch disease usually appears on lower leaves in winter season starting period. This disease caused by Taphrina maculans (Butler and Bisby) and appears as small, oval, rectangular or irregular brown spots on either side of the leaves which soon become dirty yellow or dark brown. The leaves turn chlorosis to necrosis. The disease is characterized by the appearance of several spots on both the surfaces of leaves. The fungus is mainly air borne and primary infection occurs on lower leaves with the inoculum surviving in dried leaves of host, left over in the field. The ascospores discharged from successively maturing asci infect fresh leaves without dormancy, thus causing secondary infection. Secondary infection is most dangerous than primary one causing profuse sprouting all over the leaves. The integrated approach taken in field demo trials includes selection of seed material from disease free areas, treating the seed material with Mancozeb @ 3g/litre of water for 30 minutes and shade dry before sowing. Spraying of mancozeb @ 2.5 g/litre of water or Hexaconzole @ 1ml/litre; two sprays at fortnightly intervals and at heavy mist-fog season spraying of Copper oxy chloride 3 g/litre effective against leaf blotch disease.During the month of August to October more rain fall disease severity is high.

Key words:Taphrina, Leaf blotch, Turmeric


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1288-1292 (2016)


Correlation studies and diurnal temperature regime fluctuation influences on pollen sterility in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) genotypes

M.K. Rathod*, Kiran B.A., V.P. Chimmad, Kiran B.O. and Asha K.V.

Department of Crop Physiology, College of Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad-580005, India


(Received: December 28, 2015; Revised received: July 24, 2016;Accepted: July 29, 2016)


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Abstract: Temperature stress during the reproductive phase in chickpea is generally allied with lack of pollination, abscission of flower buds, flowers and pods with substantial yield loss. Hot (>30oC) and dry atmospheric conditions lead to profligate loss of flower buds and open flowers in chickpea. A field experiment was conducted during rabi, 2014-15 at Dharwad, Karnataka with three genotypes (Annigeri-1, JG-11 and JG-14) as influenced by five sowing dates (D). The investigation revealed that the genotype, JG-14 under D1 temperature regime recorded significantly minimum pollen sterility per cent (5.18), whereas Annigeri-1 and JG-11 recorded significantly maximum pollen sterility per cent under D4 temperature regime (43.97 and 42.75). Similarly, Annigeri-1 and JG-11 showed significant positive correlation with Tmin and Trange under D1, D2 and D3 temperature regime. Likewise, JG-11 recorded significant positive correlation with Tmax under D4 and D5 temperature regime. Eventually JG-14, maintained least pollen sterility per cent under D1 temperature regime and averagely least under late sown and high temperature conditions than Annigeri-1 and JG-11. Apparently D1 temperature regime experienced least pollen sterility per cent and proved to be best sown condition for maximum pollen viability than lateral temperature regimes.

Key words: Chickpea, Correlation, Diurnal, Pollen sterility and Temperature regime


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1293-1298 (2016)


Assessment of psycho-physiological effect on caregivers: An experimental approach towards nurses life style

Deepa Vinay, Divya Singh and Harshita Bisht*

Department of Family Resource Management, Collage of Home Science,

G.B. Pant University Agriculture and Technology Pantnagar-263 145, U.S. Nagar, India


(Received: February 15, 2016; Revised received: August 04, 2016;Accepted: August 06, 2016)


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Abstract: Nursing the profession of caring for the sick and the convalescent, the disabled and helpless, is one of the noblest profession throughout the world. Nursing coversrange of function in their hospital and they are required to work at any point in the 24 hr day. Therefore, stress in the nursing profession is an ongoing worldwide problem. The present study was carried out to assess the physiological and psychological assessment of work. The descriptive data was collected with the help of interview schedule. The experimental data was gathered into different section such as physiological parameters (EE, HR and TCCW), postural discomfort scale (Nordic scale and REBA sheet) and psychological parameters (VAS, FSS). Total 120 nurses were selected through simple random sampling method in the 4 district uttarakhand. The result revealed that nurses were suffered from upper back pain (66.67%) and lower back pain (64.17%) due to awkward posture and inappropriate work station. In postural analysis through REBA, patient handling activity was fall in AL4 category which showed very high risk and requires immediate change in working posture. The highest physiological cost of work found in patient handling activity that is EE 9.98 kj/min, HR 117.58 beats/min, TCCW 895.55 beats. In psychological test that is VAS, nurses were reported very severe pain in their neck (18.33%), whereas in FSS score was found 79%. Paired t test was used for statistical analysis to compare mean heart rate of the nurses and found to be highly significant at (P>.001).To improve their health and work life style, possible guidelines were suggested at individual and organizational level to cop up work stress and perform better job demand. They required stress relieving training. Hospital authority must design the hospital working counter ergonomically.

Key words: Occupational hazards, Stress, Perceived exertion, Postural discomfort


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 9 (10) 1299-1300 (2016)


Effect of plant growth substances on seed germination of Asparagus racemosus (Satavar)

Ruchi Bajpai* and J.S. Chauhan

Department of Seed Science and Technology, H.N.B Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal-246 174, Uttarakhand, India


(Received: December 19, 2015; Revised received: July 27, 2016;Accepted: July 30, 2016)


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Abstract: Asparagus racemosus is an important medicinal plant commonly called Satavari considered both a general tonic and a female reproductive tonic with ability to increase fertility and vitality. Charak Samhita written by Charak and Ashtang Hridyam written by Vagbhata, the two main texts on Ayurvedic medicines, list Asparagus racemosus as part of the formulas to treat women’s health disorder. Due to its multiple uses, demand for A. racemosus is constantly on the risehowever, the supply is rather erratic and inadequate. Destructive harvesting, combined with habitat destruction in the form of deforestation has aggravated the problem. There is a need for conservation of this plant. To overcome these prevalent problems, the availability of genetically superior and uniform planting material is essential. The seed mediated propagation is unsatisfactory due to dormancy and low germination percentage. This however, decelerates the conservation strategy of this species. Thus efforts were made in this study to break dormancy and improve germination of seeds by different growth regulators for boosting conservation. The TZ (Triphenyl tetrazolium chloride) test showed 97%of viable seeds. The present investigation was carried out to study the influence of different growth substances on seed germination, length of root and shoot and vigour index. The seeds were soaked in different growth regulators like GA3, NAA and KNO3 with different concentration to evaluate their effect on germination at a constant temperature of 250C, it was found that GA3 300 ppm had a highest significant effect on germination as compared to control and all other treatments at a constant temperature on top of the paper substrata, but as the concentration increased above 300 ppm the germination decreased rapidly.

Key words: Asparagus racemosus, Growth regulators, Seed germination