Biocontrol ability of Puccinia abrupta var. partheniicola on different growth stages of parthenium weed (Parthenium hysterophorus L.)

  • Published source details Fauzi M.T. (2009) Biocontrol ability of Puccinia abrupta var. partheniicola on different growth stages of parthenium weed (Parthenium hysterophorus L.). Hayati Journal of Biosciences, 16, 83-87.


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Grow plants that compete with damaging weeds

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Natural Pest Control
  1. Grow plants that compete with damaging weeds

    A randomised, replicated, controlled study in a glasshouse (Fauzi 2009) found that the weed ragweed parthenium Parthenium hysterophorus had 12% lower plant height, 20% lower plant weight and 22% lower seed production when grown in pots containing one buffelgrass Cenchrus ciliaris plant, compared to when grown without competition. Plants were grown from seed in trays, and transplanted into 20 cm diameter plastic pots after 14 days. Pots were kept in a naturally lit greenhouse with 13 hours of daylight, at 26-30°C. Competition pots had one ragweed parthenium and one buffelgrass plant, while control pots had only one ragweed parthenium. Each treatment was replicated six times, as part of a larger experiment on biological control. Plant height and weight was measured after 16 weeks. Study location and date are not given.


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