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American Journal of Plant Physiology
  Year: 2020 | Volume: 15 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 23-31
DOI: 10.3923/ajpp.2020.23.31
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Soil Modulation Effect on Growth/yield of Solanum nigrum in the Eastern Cape, South Africa
Adijat Funke Ogundola , Callistus Bvenura and Anthony Jide Afolayan

Background and Objectives: Solanum nigrum find in the wild of many places in the Eastern Cape possess some outstanding health benefits. This gives the insight that it could help to alleviate the hunger crisis in South Africa. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of different soil textures on S. nigrum in Eastern Cape, South Africa. Materials and Method: Pot experiment made use of soils collected from Research Farm of the University of Fort Hare, Alice in Eastern Cape. The soil was sieved and four different soil types were formulated with the unformulated soil control were used to cultivate S. nigrum. Results: The results indicates that plant grown on silty clay loam increased in height, stem girth, chlorophyll content, number of leaves, leaf area, fresh weight and dry weight. Plants grown on sandy clay loam and control soils increased in all other parameters but recorded reduced leaf chlorophyll. Plants grown on clay loam and loam soils recorded high number of leaves and chlorophyll. Silty clay loam soil promoted rapid growth of S. nigrum leaves and fruits. Conclusion: Although the results of the present study are variable, it could be recommended to grow S. nigrum on clay loam and loam soils supported production of greener leaves.
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Adijat Funke Ogundola, Callistus Bvenura and Anthony Jide Afolayan, 2020. Soil Modulation Effect on Growth/yield of Solanum nigrum in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. American Journal of Plant Physiology, 15: 23-31.

DOI: 10.3923/ajpp.2020.23.31








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