Yield and Quality of Mini-watermelon as Affected by Grafting and Mycorrhizal Inoculum

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dc.contributor.author Vetrano, F.
dc.contributor.author D’Anna, F.
dc.contributor.author Torta, L.
dc.contributor.author Piazza, G.
dc.contributor.author Moncada, A.
dc.contributor.author Romano, C.
dc.contributor.author Miceli, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-15T09:13:13Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-15T09:13:13Z
dc.date.issued 2018-02-15
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4141
dc.description paper en_US
dc.description.abstract Grafting and mycorrhizal fungi have gained interest for the positive effects they can have on vegetable crops. The aim of this work was t o study the combined effect of grafting with Vesicular-Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) i noculation on fruit yield and quality of mini-watermelon [ Citrullus lanatus (thumb.) Matsum and Nakai]. Ungrafted plants or grafted onto rootstock RS 841 ( Cucurbita maxima × C. moschata ) were transplanted to the field. During cultivation, half of the plants were inoculated with a suspension of AMF. Plant growth and fruit yield and quality were evaluated. The inoculation of AMF resulted in a significant increa se of root colonization both for grafted and ungrafted plants. The grafted inoculated plants had a greater vigour and productivity than ungrafted uninoculated plants. Grafting and AM F inoculation caused significant increases in yield and fruit weight. Qualitative ch aracteristics of watermelon fruits were significantly affected mainly by grafting. The comb ined use of grafting with mycorrhizal inoculation may increase the yield of mini-watermel on fruit, maintaining good quality characteristics. Keywords: Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi, Citrullus lanatus, Fruit quality characteristics, Glomus, Vegetable grafting. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher JKUAT en_US
dc.subject Vegetable grafting en_US
dc.subject Glomus en_US
dc.subject Fruit quality characteristics en_US
dc.subject Citrullus lanatus en_US
dc.subject Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi en_US
dc.title Yield and Quality of Mini-watermelon as Affected by Grafting and Mycorrhizal Inoculum en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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