Vol. 14 No. 3
Screening of brinjal (Solanum melongena L.) varieties against obligate root parasite, Orobanche aegyptiaca
Author(s): G. Akhter and T. A. Khan
Abstract: Among the major weed groups that cause huge economic losses to important cropping systems, Egyptian broomrape, Orobanche aegyptiaca is a parasitic weed causing major yield loss in many field and vegetable crops. It is also a serious threat to brinjal. So far no efficient and economic control has been found. Hence, in the present study, thirty brinjal varieties were screened for their resistance to obligate holo root parasite, O. aegyptiaca infection. Out of 30 brinjal varieties, sixteen varieties (Black Beauty, Brinjal No. 38, Chamak, Govinda, Green Round, Harshit, Nav Kiran, Nishant, P.K.123, Prabha Kiran, Prasad, Sukhda, Surya Kiran, Ujjwal, VNR-51 and VNR-60) were highly susceptible, ten varieties (Brinjal 1 Hybrid, Brinjal Advance, Brinjal BSS 1013, Brinjal Green long, Hybrid Green, J.K Kajal, Neel Kamal, Prapti, Shamli and Utkal) were susceptible, three varieties (Mahy 112, Mahy 80 and Nagina) were tolerant, and only one Mahy Ruby was moderately resistant. Moreover, none of the brinjal variety was recorded as resistant against O. aegyptiaca.
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