Effect of brackish water on the production of garlic and soil properties

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Effect of brackish water on the production of garlic and soil properties

Amar Iqbal Saqib, Khalil Ahmed, Abdul Rasul Naseem, Ghulam Qadir, Muhammad Qaisar Nawaz, Zaheen Manzoor, Muhammad Ilyas
Int. J. Biosci.12( 6), 174-182, June 2018.
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Agricultural user must rely on poor quality water to suuply food and fiber for a growing population. Therefore, exploring the salinity tolerance potential of high value marketable horticultural crops is justification for consideration of such species in systems as they require high inputs of water. Hence,a two years study was conducted to evaluate the tolerance of garlic plant towards combined effect of ECiw and RSC of irrigation water on its vegetative growth, yield and yield components. Cloves of garlic were planted in cemented blocks with seven treatments having different levels of ECiw (2 and 3.5dS m-1) and RSC (2.50, 3.75 and5 me L-1). All there corded attributes like plant height (8.26%), number of leaves plant-1(16.06 %), biomass yield(13.69 %), bulb weight(8.75 %), bulb diameter (10.92%) and bulb yield (13.30%) significantly decreased in T7 (ECiw = 3.5 dS m-1 + SAR = 5 me L-1)in comparison with control. Also this Higher level of ECiw and RSC as in T7 (ECiw= 3.5dS m-1 + SAR = 5 me L-1) showed more detrimental affects on soil properties and proved more hazardous for garlic plant.


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