African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6693

Full Length Research Paper

Cattle manure and liquid biofertilizer for biomass production of yellow passion fruit seedlings

Francisco Helio Alves de Andrade
  • Francisco Helio Alves de Andrade
  • Agronomia, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Centro de Ciências Agrárias, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Campus II, Rodovia PB 079 - Km 12, 58.397-000, Areia, Paraíba, Brasil.
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Anailson de Sousa Alves
  • Anailson de Sousa Alves
  • Centro de Ciências Humanas de Agrarias, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba, Catolé do Rocha, PB, Brasil.
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Carla Sabrina Pereira de Araujo
  • Carla Sabrina Pereira de Araujo
  • Fitotecnia, Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-Árido, Mossoró, RN, Brasil.
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Valeria Fernandes de Oliveira Sousa
  • Valeria Fernandes de Oliveira Sousa
  • Horticultura Tropical, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Brasil.
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Daivyd Silva de Oliveira
  • Daivyd Silva de Oliveira
  • Agronomia, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Centro de Ciências Agrárias, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Campus II, Rodovia PB 079 - Km 12, 58.397-000, Areia, Paraíba, Brasil.
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Miguel Avelino Barbosa Neto
  • Miguel Avelino Barbosa Neto
  • Agronomia, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Centro de Ciências Agrárias, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Campus II, Rodovia PB 079 - Km 12, 58.397-000, Areia, Paraíba, Brasil.
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Anselmo Ferreira da Silva
  • Anselmo Ferreira da Silva
  • Agronomia, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Centro de Ciências Agrárias, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Campus II, Rodovia PB 079 - Km 12, 58.397-000, Areia, Paraíba, Brasil.
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Rafael Ramos de Morais
  • Rafael Ramos de Morais
  • Agronomia, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Centro de Ciências Agrárias, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Campus II, Rodovia PB 079 - Km 12, 58.397-000, Areia, Paraíba, Brasil.
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  •  Received: 09 March 2017
  •  Accepted: 05 April 2017
  •  Published: 27 April 2017

Abstract

This study aims to evaluate the production of biomass of different cattle manure, and biofertilizer concentrations. The experiment was conducted between April and June 2014 in a greenhouse at the seedling production nursery of the State University of Paraíba (UEPB), Catolé do Rocha, Paraíba (PB) state. The experiment was completely randomized in a 5 x 2 factorial design corresponding to five levels of cattle manure (0, 20, 40, 60 and 80% of the substrate volume) in the absence, and the presence of a biofertilizer. The propagation material was giant yellow passion fruits with 95 to 100% of purity purchased in the local market. After 60 days, the following variables were evaluated: root dry matter (RDM), plant dry matter (PDM), root biomass (RB), shoot biomass (SB), plant biomass (PB), biomass percentage (BP), effective leaf area (ELA) and leaf area ratio (LAR). The interaction between cattle manure and fertilizer concentrations was significant for root dry matter, mass of total plant dry matter, root biomass, shoot biomass and total plant biomass. In turn, cattle manure affected significantly biomass percentage, effective leaf area and leaf area ratio. Cattle manure and biofertilizer make the production of yellow passion fruit seedlings feasible.

 

Key words: Passiflora edulis Sims f. flavicarpa Degener., alternative sources, propagation, protected environment.