Vol. 10 No. 2
Studies on seed viability of passion fruit (Passiflora edulis f. flavicarpa Deg.)
Author(s): N. Gurung, G. S. K. Swamy, S. K. Sarkar, S. O. Bhutia and K. C. Bhutia
Abstract: Passion fruit (Passiflora edulis), a native of tropical America (Brazil), belonging to the family Passifloraceae is a high value and export oriented crop. It is grown mostly in tropical and sub-tropical part of the world. South America is currently the largest producer of passion fruit worldwide (Sema and Maiti, 2009). In India it is cultivated in few pockets in the Nilgiris, Wynad, Kodaikanal, Coorg and Malabar in the South and North East states like Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya. The fruit can be grown to eat or for its juice, which is often added to other fruit juices to enhance aroma. There is increase in awareness of the crop and production areas under passion fruit. But limited information is available on propagation techniques. To increase the productivity, there should be availability of good planting material along with proper management practices. The vine can be propagated sexually, through seeds and asexually by the use of cuttings, layering and grafting. ..
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