African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 780

Full Length Research Paper

Effect of seed-borne fungi on germination and seedling vigour of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus thumb)

S. T. Anjorin*
  • S. T. Anjorin*
  • Department of Crop Science, University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria.
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M. Mohammed
  • M. Mohammed
  • Department of Crop Production, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 05 November 2008
  •  Accepted: 05 February 2014
  •  Published: 31 May 2014


The effect of Mucor racemosus and Rhizopus nigricans inoculation (g and 0.1 g L-1 distilled water) and a seed dressing fungicide Seedplus® (1.25 g 0.5 kg-1 seeds) on germination and seedling vigour of watermelon (cv. Chaliston gray) was investigated. The experiment involved a complete randomized design (CRD) with three replicates. It was confirmed that the combined inocula with higher density caused significantly poor germination and low seedling vigour (P ≤ 0.05) than those seeds inoculated with lower inocula density. Higher germination percentage and seedling vigour were observed with single fungus inoculation than with the two fungi inoculation. Dressing of the fungi-infected seeds with Seedplus® 30 WS significantly improved germination percentage and seedling vigour of watermelon (P ≤ 0.05) but not as high as that of the control.

Key words: Mucor racemosus, Rhizopus nigricans, Seedplus.