HomeUM Research Journalvol. 7 no. 1 (2010)

Microbial Inoculation and Growth Performance of Potted Falcata [Paraserianthes Falcataria(L.) Nielsen] Seedlings

Maximo A. Dagatan Jr.

Discipline: Botany



The study was conducted in order to determine the growth performance of falcata [Paraserianthes falcataria (L.) Nielsen] seedlings as affected by different potting media, types and levels of microbe inoculants. The research method used was experimental method. The study was conducted using a three factor experiment in Split-Split Plot Design with three replications. Factor A was the potting media (ordinary garden soil, garden soil, and mixture of ordinary garden soil and coconut coir dust), factor B was the type of microbe inoculants (mykovam, biofix, and combination of mykovam and biofix), and factor C was the level of microbe inoculants (control, 5 grams, 10 grams, and 15 grams). The parameters of the study were survival, height, diameter, number of leaves, root/shoot ratio, and total dry weight. Data collected were analyzed using percent, analysis of variance (ANOVA), Tukey’s w-Procedure, and Pearson r correlation. Results revealed that the mixture of ordinary garden soil (OGS) and coconut coir dust is the best potting medium for better production of leaves of falcata seedlings. Likewise, ordinary garden soil alone is the best for higher root/shoot ratio of falcata seedlings. Mykovam alone and the combination of mykovam and biofix have significant effects on the survival of falcata seedlings.  The levels of microbe inoculants are effective on the growth performance of falcata seedlings in terms of height, diameter, and total dry weight in which the 15-gram level have shown effectiveness on height, diameter, and total dry weight and 10 grams are effective on the diameter growth of falcata seedlings. All combinations or interactions did not show significant effects on falcata seedlings. Correlation analysis revealed that the variables height and diameter have a very high positive correlation. Also, the variables height and dry matter and diameter and dry matter have high positive correlation.