Vol. 5, Issue 1 (2020)
In vitro evaluation of fungal and bacterial biocontrol agents against foliar fungal pathogens of Chickpea, Cicer arietinum. L
Author(s): Roopa B, Maya C
Abstract: Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) is an important pulse crop grown and consumed all over the world, especially in the Afro-Asian countries. It is a good source of carbohydrates and protein. The reduction of chickpea production has remained virtually stagnant because, the crop suffers from many diseases such as Ascochyta blight, caused by Ascochyta rabie (Pass.). Therefore, effective management control is essential. Hence the present study was undertaken to evaluate the fungicides and biocontrol agents in a view to develop the effective management practices to mitigate the foliar fungal pathogens of chickpea. In this experiment an In vitro evaluation of fungicides, biocontrol agents on foliar fungal pathogens of chickpea and In vivo evaluation of fungal and bacterial biocontrol agents for antagonism against foliar fungal pathogens of chickpea was performed in the glasshouse condition. In glasshouse, a pot experiment was conducted in the Department of Agricultural Microbiology, UAS, GKVK, Bengaluru to evaluate antagonistic effect of selected fungal and bacterial biocontrol agents along with beneficial microorganisms against foliar fungal pathogens of chickpea. Among the fungicides Carbendazim (250ppm) was found effective against them in inhibiting growth of foliar fungal pathogens followed by mancozeb. The efficient target oriented bioagents to combat the foliar diseases of chickpea is in need of the hour to maintain soil sustainability and fertility under diverse agro climatic zones.