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Inoculum Production of Acaulospora laevis using Fresh and decomposed Apple Pomace as Substrate

Author Affiliations

  • 1DAV College for Girls, Yamunanagar, Haryana, INDIA
  • 2 Mycology and Plant Pathology Laboratory, Department of Botany, Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra- 136119, Haryana, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 2, Issue (8), Pages 32-36, August,10 (2013)


Because of the biotrophic nature of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, it is not been able to use on a commercial scale despite being aware of the potentiality of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in agriculture, forestry and horticulture research. For the commercial development of AM inoculants, a number of strategies have been followed time to time with their own merits and demerits. Three plant species viz. wheat, lemon grass and lily grass were examined for mass production of consortium of A. laevis, AM fungus present in the rhizosphere soil after adding different concentration of fresh and decomposed apple pomace as substrate. Out of the three test species, lemon-grass responded as the most suitable host showing highest colonization (89.70.50%; 75.01.58 spores with fresh and decomposed 86.61.90%; 72.21.92 spores substrate. It was also observed that plants having higher AM colonization showed higher AM spore production showing a positive correlation. They not only stimulated AM development, but also accelerated the root and shoot growth.


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