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Effects of Soil and Foliar Applications of Moringa oleifera Leaves on Growth Characteristics of Banana (Musa spp.) Suckers

Effects of Soil and Foliar Applications of Moringa oleifera Leaves on Growth Characteristics of Banana (Musa spp.) Suckers

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Title: Effects of Soil and Foliar Applications of Moringa oleifera Leaves on Growth Characteristics of Banana (Musa spp.) Suckers
Author: Sabahelkhair, Amna Ali
Abstract: This study was conducted in a nursery belonging to the Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Khartoum to investigate the bio-stimulant potential of Moringa oleifera leaves as soil and foliar applications on growth characteristics of banana suckers. Six different treatments were used in this investigation, namely, foliar application of 0.5%, 1.0% and 1.5% of aqueous leaf extracts of Moringa oleifera L, soil application of 25g and 50g of Moringa oleifera dried leaves/sucker and control (non-treated suckers). The growth characteristics of banana suckers were evaluated in terms of he height, girth of pseudostem, number of leaves produced, as well as fresh and dry weights of different parts of suckers (leaves, pseudostems, corms and roots). The results revealed that the greatest values of all recorded growth characteristics were associated with soil application of 50g of dried leaves/sucker, followed by soil application of 25g of dried leaves/sucker, the non-treated (control) and then foliar application of different concentrations of aqueous extract of leaves. The results indicated that banana suckers tended to respond positively to soil application of dried leaves better than foliar application of aqueous extracts of leaves.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/25548


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