A Note on the Effect of Fertilization on the Seed Quality of Faba Bean

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Elsheikh, E.A.E.
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Faculty of Agriculture, University of Khartoum, Shambat, Sudan
A filed experiment was conducted to study the response of four faba bean (Vicia faba L.) genotypes to Rhizobium inoculation and nitrogen and chicken manure fertilization. The Rhizobium inoculation and chicken manure fertilization significantly increased the crude fibre, and significantly decreased the carbohydrate content, of the four genotypes. The protein content varied from 28.4% to 31.2%, and all treatments significantly increased the protein content in three out of the four genotypes. With the exception of one genotype, all treatments significantly increased the in vitro protein digestibility. The ash and moisture contents of the seeds were not affected by the fertilization treatments, and the tannin content varied inconsistently in the different genotypes and different fertilization treatments.
Page(s): 6 (1), 167-171, 5 Ref.