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Interactive effect of boron application methods and Boron-Tolerant Bacteria (Bacillus sp. MN54) improves nodulation, grain yield, profitability and biofortification of kabuli chickpea grown under irrigated and rainfed conditions

Mehboob, N., Yasir, T.A., Ul-Allah, S., Nawaz, A., Ahmad, N. and Hussain, M. (2022) Interactive effect of boron application methods and Boron-Tolerant Bacteria (Bacillus sp. MN54) improves nodulation, grain yield, profitability and biofortification of kabuli chickpea grown under irrigated and rainfed conditions. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition .

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s42729-022-00982-x
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Abstract

Boron (B) is a vital micronutrient essential for human and plants. This two-year field study was conducted to check the efficacy of B application methods along with BTB (Bacillus sp. MN54) to improve nodulation, grain yield, profitability, and B biofortification of kabuli chickpea under irrigated and rainfed conditions. The B application methods consisted of seed coating (1.5 g B kg−1 seed), foliar application (25 mg B L−1 of water), soil application (1 kg B ha−1) and osmopriming (1 mg B L−1 of water solution) [water spray, hydropriming and untreated seeds being taken as control], with and without BTB inoculation grown under irrigated (Layyah) and rainfed (Chakwal) conditions. Interactive effects among B application, BTB inoculation and experimental location showed that B osmopriming coupled with BTB strain recorded maximum 1000-grains weight (24%), grain yield (41%) and biological yield (50%) compared with untreated seed under rainfed conditions while it was at par with B soil application. With respect to B-grain concentration, foliar application of B observed more B contents (86%) compared with control. Economic analysis showed that osmopriming of B along with BTB had highest economic return ($1994.3 ha−1) and benefit cost ratio (3.8) during 2020–21 under rainfed condition of Chakwal. Osmopriming of chickpea seed with B, combined with BTB (Bacillus sp. MN54) inoculation improved nodulation, grain yield and biofortification, profitability and B biofortification of kabuli chickpea under rainfed and irrigated condition. Moreover, rainfed conditions of Chakwal proved more productive with respect to chickpea cultivation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Springer
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/66001
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