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Three agricultural based solid carriers namely barley, rice bran and rice husks were used in this experiment for continuous production of Paecilomyces lilacinus. The objective of this experiment was to establish the carrier that supported the highest growth of the fungi. A completely randomized design replicated four times was conducted in agriculture laboratory at Karatina University. The variable considered in this experiment was the colony forming units in each carrier at day 7, 14, 21 and 28 days after inoculation. Data collected was analyzed using Analysis of variance (ANOVA) with portable Genstat package. Separation of Means was done using Duncan’s Multiple range test at p<0.05.In this experiment, barley exhibited the highest spore count of 3.38 x 108 on the 28th day of the experiment. Barley was followed closely by rice bran with a spore count of 2.99×108. With time there was an increment in the number of spores from week one of inoculation to the fourth week. Growth of this fungus was significant in barley carrier. This led to the conclusion that barley can be considered as a suitable carrier that can be used for continuous production of Paecilomyces spp. fungi for effective management of nematodes in bananas.
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