International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 7, Part L (2016)
Effect of local isolated endomycorrhizal fungi on the growth of Cucurbita pepo and Citrullus lanatus seedling, an alternative method to chemical fertilizers
Abboud Y Elkichaoui
This research aim to study the influence of local endosymbiotic fungus on the growth of two important plants, which are squash and melon. Therefore, we begin our study by obtaining the fungus from the roots of squash seedlings cultured near an agricultural area. The roots containing the fungus mycelia were cultured on PDA media. The seedlings of two plants have been germinate on vermiculite substrates containing little amount of organic matters.
20 days later, we inoculated a part of seedlings with the symbiotic fungus by placing the media containing the roots and the fungus hypha near the roots of seedlings. Three months later, the measure of the impact of symbiotic fungus on the plant growth was taken by comparing between inoculated plants, the control plants and plants treated with specific chemical fertilizer.
The results show a net positive influence of the symbiotic fungus on the growth of squash seedling comparing with control and with the seedling treated with chemical fertilizers especially root systems. Concerning melon plants, the positive effect of the fungus was only comparing with control. We can conclude that the use of Am fungus give a real positive influence on the growth of plants especially comparing with control and better or similar compared with plant treated by chemical fertilizer.
How to cite this article:
Abboud Y Elkichaoui. Effect of local isolated endomycorrhizal fungi on the growth of Cucurbita pepo and Citrullus lanatus seedling, an alternative method to chemical fertilizers. Int J Appl Res 2016;2(7):782-790.