Effects of phytoassociates on amount of phytochemical present in Vallabh Priya and Roma varieties of curcuma longa L. (Turmeric)
Curcuma longa L. is atherbaceous spice plant with promising medicinal value. Yellow colour of turmeric is due to presence of bioactive phytochemicals curcumin and other curcuminoids. In present studies we observed cultivation of turmeric is as mostly done in open fields but when it is planted in orchards there these plants find orchard trees as favorable turmeric phytoassociates and the amount of curcumin and curcuminoids vary. Orchard trees and turmeric plants show beneficiary association with respect to soil, nutrition, growth and phytochemical contents. The HPTLC analysis of rhizomes growing under different orchard trees proves that some orchards like Guava, Neem and Jatropha have been a good phytoassociate for turmeric plant and curcumin and curcuminoids content of such rhizome was high compared to rhizomes grown under Mango and litchi plants. Therefore orchards are recommended for turmeric plantation and also the open fields are good area for turmeric cultivation.
Richa Atreya. Effects of phytoassociates on amount of phytochemical present in Vallabh Priya and Roma varieties of curcuma longa L. (Turmeric). International Journal of Botany Studies, Volume 7, Issue 6, 2022, Pages 103-108