Vol. 7, Issue 2 (2018)
Effect of different media combinations on vegetative traits, percent established plants and rhizome traits of Dioscorea deltoidea Wall
Author(s): Mushtaq Ali, MQ Sheikh and Shah Asif
Abstract: It has been observed that the Dioscorea deltoidea is full with medicinal values so far as its ethno-botonical properties are concerned and it would not be injustice to say that the species is power house among all other comparative properties of medicinal plants. The species has multi-dimensional wanted uses as it is embedded with various biochemical contents having great beneficial impacts to cure the long resting ailments in human bodies proved after the clinical examinations carried out over homo-sapiens for a long period of time. The major uses of this species are for body muscle mass, infertility, antimicrobial, antiallergic, diarrhea, anaemia, abdominal pain, increase testosterone level and detergents and soaps for killing lice. Present study was carried out in the Division of Floriculture, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, SKUAST-K, Shalimar Campus, Srinagar. The maximum values were recorded in the propagation media M6=soil +sand+forest litter (1:1:2) with respect to the studied parameters viz; number of vegetative shoots, percent established plants, average length shoot, fresh rhizome biomass, dry rhizome biomass and dry rhizome content with recorded values, 1.83,2.33 and 3.11 at 30, 45, and 60 DAP,88.89%, 166.12cm, 37.50g,13.23g and 39.69% respectively. Media formulations containing forest litter as one of the constituents performed better with respect to other media in terms of better vegetative growth as well as better development of rhizomes in Dioscorea deltoidea. Growing media soil + sand + forest litter (1:1:2) and soil + sand + cocopeat (1:1:2) are best for vegetative propagation.
How to cite this article:
Mushtaq Ali, MQ Sheikh and Shah Asif. Effect of different media combinations on vegetative traits, percent established plants and rhizome traits of Dioscorea deltoidea Wall. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. 2018; 7(2): 252-255.