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Archives Of Phytopathology And Plant Protection
Vol. 47, No.
8, 2014; Page: 938 - 943

Screening of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) varieties against Ascochyta blight and its management throughbiopesticides

Abdul Rashid, Muhammad Usman Younas, Muhammad Ehetisham-ul-Haq, Muhammad Farooq, Iftikhar Hussain Waris, Ejaz Perveez, Faqir Ahmad, Muhammad Ltif and Masood Ahmad

Department of Plant Pathology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan.


Gram is an important pulse crop extensively grown in the arid and semi-arid zones of Pakistan.Ascochyta blight is a devastating disease of the gram. Thirty varieties/lines were screened against gram blight disease to evaluate the resistant germplam. None of the varieties/lines were immune to infection. 8032, Thal-2006, 06001 and 5CC-109 were resistant in response. Four varieties/line, Bital-98, 03008, PB-2000 and Noor-91, were moderately resistant while 12 were moderately susceptible. Susceptible response was observed in seven (05030, 900156, C-88, M-2008, Balkassar-2000, and Punjab-2000) varieties/lines and three (K8000, 03009 and 05014) were highly susceptible. Two consecutive sprays of five bio-products were done on five gram lines, i.e. 06001, 03008, 093127, 05007 and 05014. Minimum disease incidence was noted on the 06001 line. Vampire was most effective in disease controlling after seven and 14 days of both sprays.

Keywords: gram blight, source of resistance, Ascochyta blight, disease response, bio\-products



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