Effect of rubber effluent and urea fertilizer on the growth, yield and leaf quality of fluted pumpkin (telfairia occidentalis)

Dunsin, O and Aboyeji, C.M and Agbaje, G.O and Ehi-eromosele, S (2015) Effect of rubber effluent and urea fertilizer on the growth, yield and leaf quality of fluted pumpkin (telfairia occidentalis). New York Science Journa, 8 (9). pp. 70-73. ISSN 1554-0200

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Abstract

The utilization of agro-processing by-products as a veritable source of nitrogen for vegetable production is being popularized. An experiment to determine the effect of rubber effluent as an inorganic fertilizer on the growth, yield and nutritional composition of fluted pumpkin (Telfairia occidentalis Hook. F) was conducted at Landmark University Teaching and Research Farm between 2014. The experiment consisted of four treatments which are: control, rubber effluent, urea, and rubber effluent + urea laid out in a randomized complete block design (RCBD) with three replicates. Data on the response of the morphological traits such as vine length, number of leaf/plant, and leaf area recorded fortnightly 2 weeks after transplanting while proximate composition on leaf were determined after harvest. Parameters assessed were significantly (p<0.05) increased by the applied fertilizer types. Rubber effluent + urea had the highest vine length at 4, 6, 8, and 10 WAT, urea fertilizer, had the highest leaf number at 8 & 10 WAT, while the leaf area was highest at 8 & 10 WAT with rubber effluent + urea treatment. The crude protein (41.76 %) was highest at rubber effluent + urea treatment, while treatment with rubber effluent had the highest % ether extract (13.33%) and crude fibre (7.5 %).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Depositing User: Dr Oluwagbenga Dunsin
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2017 13:05
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2017 13:05
URI: http://eprints.lmu.edu.ng/id/eprint/884

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