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Impact of integrated nutrient management on growth, yield and quality of strawberry (Fragaria x annanassa Duch.) cultivation in India

Rayees A. Wani, Sunam Sheema, T.H. Malik, Seerat Geelani, Sabiya Bashir, N.A. Dar and V.M. Prasad
Advances in Horticultural Science
Vol. 27, No. 4 (2013), pp. 147-151
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24586787
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Impact of integrated nutrient management on growth, yield and quality of strawberry (Fragaria x annanassa Duch.) cultivation in India
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Abstract

Modern agricultural practices are mostly directed toward high application of commercial fertilizers to achieve high yield. It is widely recognized that application of fertilizer (especially nitrogen) can cause ground water pollution by nitrate leaching through the soil profile. A new approach to farming is often referred to as sustainable agriculture and it seeks to introduce friendlier agricultural practices to the environment and maintains the long term ecological balance of the soil ecosystem. Hence investigations were carried out to develop nutrient management for strawberry cultivar Sweet Charley subjected to various treatment combinations of organic and inorganic fertilizers. Traits such as plant growth characteristics (leaves/plant and plant spread), yield characteristics (flower buds, fruits per plant and fruit yield tons/ha) and quality characteristics (juice content, total sugar content, vitamin C and specific gravity) were observed. The runners of strawberry cv. Sweet Charley were planted in the first week of November with a spacing of 30 x 60 cm. The investigation was laid out in a randomized block design with five treatment combinations replicated thrice. The data regarding the different growth parameters observed at 30, 45, 60, 90, 105, 120, yield parameters at 45, 60, 90, 120, 135, 150 days after planting and their quality parameters clearly indicate that the application of integrated sources of nutrients significantly affect the vegetative, reproductive and yield characteristics of the strawberry plant. However the manure fertilizer combination under treatment T4 (75% Organic Fertilizers + 25% inorganic Fertilizers) was found to be the best treatment with regard to integrated and combined application of nutrient resources for strawberry cultivation in India.

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