Vol. 5 No. 1
Evaluation of ber cultivars for growth, yield and quality in red and laterite zone of West Bengal.
Abstract: Six different local as well as commercial cultivars of ber were evaluated for their growth, yield and quality at RRSS, Sekhampur, BCKV, Birbhum during the years 2007-2008 and 2008-09 on three (3) year old trees of uniform vigour. Among the evaluated culivars maximum plant height was recorded in Kazi (2.88 m) (local name) while Apple Colour (local name) showed maximum plant spread in both East-West and North-South directions (211.25 and 193.50 cm respectively) and total number of branches (14.75) compared to all the other cultivars. Significantly maximum number of flowers/cluster (31.25) was recorded with the cultivar Apple Colour but the yield/plant was maximum with Madhav Kool (7.10 kg). Total Soluble Solids (TSS) and sugar content were highest in Apple Colour (10.5oB and 9.30% respectively) as compared to the cultivar Narkeli (8.10oB and 5.20% respectively). Among the six cultivars Apple Colour performed better in respect to both yield and quality in the red laterite region of West Bengal.
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