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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2000  |  Volume: 3  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 61 - 64

Mulch Induced Eco-physiological Growth and Yield of Maize

M. A. Awal and M.A.H. Khan    

Abstract: Mulching effects of sawdust, ash, rice straw and water hyacinth on growth, dry matter partitioning, earliness, yield attributes and yield of maize were studied. All mulches except sawdust significantly influenced the SLA, CGR, NAR and DM partitioning, but with no apparent effect on RGR. Water hyacinth and rice straw mulches hastened the tasseling, silking and maturity time by 6, 8 and 8 days respectively and produced double the amount of biological and economic yield as compared to the control and sawdust, the ash mulch behaved intermediately. Significantly higher harvest index was also observed under water hyacinth and rice straw mulches.

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