SEAWEED PLANT NUTRIENTS TO ENHANCE THE POPULATION AND HEALTH OF EARTHWORM EUDRILUS EUGENIAE ALONG WITH CROP BETTERMENT IN CHILLI CAPSICUM ANNUM (VAR. KKM-CH1) UNDER POT CULTURE

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Shanmugam Munisamy

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In the present study, the effect of seaweed gel and seaweed fortified granules on earthworms of Eudrilus eugeniae and chilli co-cultured in pot mix was studied.  The treatments were; the control (T0), which consisted only 5 kg of pot mix, in amendment 1, 0.05 gm seaweed gel (2.5 kg ha-1)+ 5 kg pot mix (T1), amendment 2: 0.1 gm seaweed gel (5.0 kg ha-1)+ 5 kg pot mix (T2), amendment 3: 0.2 gm seaweed gel (10.0 kg ha-1) + 5.0 kg pot mix (T3),  amendment 4: 0.5gm seaweed fortified granules (25 kg ha-1) + 5.0 kg pot mix (A1), amendment 5: 1.0 gm seaweed granules (50 kg ha-1) + 5 kg pot mix (A2) and amendment 6: 2.0 gm seaweed fortified granules (100 kg ha-1) + 5 kg pot mix (A3).  The number of cocoons and hatchlings in all treated earthworms were found significantly higher (p < 0.05) than control worms, similarly, in chilli, yield improvement upto 30.16 % along with increased capsaicin content were observed.  The results of present study showed that both seaweed fortified granules and seaweed gel tested were found to enhance the health and population of earthworm and crop yield and quality of chilli at significant level (p < 0.05) and they can contribute to organic agriculture.

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MUNISAMY, Shanmugam. SEAWEED PLANT NUTRIENTS TO ENHANCE THE POPULATION AND HEALTH OF EARTHWORM EUDRILUS EUGENIAE ALONG WITH CROP BETTERMENT IN CHILLI CAPSICUM ANNUM (VAR. KKM-CH1) UNDER POT CULTURE. Journal of Agriculture and Environment, [S.l.], n. 2 (6), apr. 2018. ISSN 2564-890X. Available at: <http://jae.cifra.science/article/view/86>. Date accessed: 19 sep. 2018. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.23649/jae.2018.2.6.1.
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