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    Boosting forage yield and quality of maize (Zea mays L.) with multi-species bacterial inoculation in Pakistan

    Iqbal A1, MA Iqbal1, A Iqbal1, Z Aslam1, M Maqsood1, Z Ahmad2, N Akbar1, HZ Khan1, RN Abbas1, RD Khan1, G Abbas1, M Faisal1

    Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol.86, pp. 84-88, 2017, DOI:10.32604/phyton.2017.86.084

    Abstract Seed inoculation with bacterial species has the potential to increase yield and agro-qualitative attributes of forage crops. This study determined the response of forage maize to three plant growth promoting rhizobacteria [PGPR1 (Azotobacter chroococcum), PGPR2 (Pseudomonas flourescens) and PGPR3 (Bacillus megaterium)] inoculated individually and in different combinations (PGPR1+2, PGPR1+3, PGPR2+3 and PGPR1+2+3). A non-inoculated treatment was kept as a control. We used a completely randomized block design with four replicates. The PGPR1+2+3 treatment showed an outstanding performance by improving yield attributes, green forage yield, dry matter biomass, crude protein and total ash. The same treatment gave the lowest More >

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