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Journal of Agriculture and Ecology Research International, 2394-1073,Vol.: 12, Issue.: 3


Effects of Lime on Growth and Yield of Mucuna flagellipes (Vogel ex Hook) in an Acid Tropical Ultisol


O. A. Agba1, J. E. Asiegbu2, E. E. Ikenganyia3*, M. A. N. Anikwe3, T. E. Omeje4 and J. O. Adinde5

1Department of Agronomy, Cross River University of Technology, Obubra, Cross River State, Nigeria.

2Department of Crop Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria.

3Department of Agronomy and Ecological Management, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Agbani, Enugu State, Nigeria.

4Department of Agricultural Technology, Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwollo, Enugu State, Nigeria.

5Department of Horticultural Technology, Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwollo, Enugu State, Nigeria.

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(1) Monica Rosa Loizzo, Department of Pharmacy, Health Sciences and Nutrition of University of Calabria, Italy.


(1) Mercy Ijenyo, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

(2) Ade Onanuga, Dalhousie University, Canada.

(3) Mohd Hafiz Bin Ibrahim, University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia.

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The effects of lime (calcium carbonate) on the growth and yield of Mucuna flagellipes were studied in 2012 and 2013 cropping season respectively at the Teaching and Research Farm of the Department of Agronomy, Cross River University of Technology, Cross River State, Nigeria. The experiment had six rates of calcium carbonate (0.0, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 and 4 0 t ha-1) laid out in randomized complete block design with six replications. Calcium carbonate significantly (p < 0.05) increased the number of leaves per plant, number of branches per plant, nodules, vine length, leaf area index and dry matter of plant fractions. Soils amended with calcium carbonate shortened the period to anthesis, pod set, and increased the number of inflorescences, flowers and pod yield per plant. Calcium carbonate at the rate of 2.5 t ha-1 significantly (p < 0.05) reduced pod abortion, number of pods without seeds and produced the highest seed yield  of 2.82 t ha-1 and 2.80 t ha-1 in 2012 and 2013 cropping season respectively. Farmers should cultivate Mucuna flagellipes with the application of 2.0 t ha-1or 2.5 t ha-1 of calcium carbonate under an acid tropical ultisol as obtained in Obubra condition.

Keywords :

Mucuna flagellipes; lime; growth; nodule; yield.

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DOI : 10.9734/JAERI/2017/22741

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