Opara and Agugo Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 4 (2), pp. 052-057, March 2014. ISSN: 2276-7770 Research Paper Manuscript Number: 010714021 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2014.2.010714021 Application of Organic Amendments and Botanical Foliar Sprays against Bacterial Diseases of Mungbean (Vigna radiata L.) in South Eastern Nigeria Opara Emma Umunna*1 and Agugo Anselem2 1Department of Plant Health Management, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. 2Department of Agronomy, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. *Corresponding Author’s Email: euopara22 @ gmail. com Abastract: A Field trial was conducted at the Eastern farm of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, during the 2012 farming season to assess the potentials of some organic soil amendments and some botanicals as foliar sprays in the control of some common bacterial diseases associated with munbean (Vigna radiata L.) which include bacterial blight, halo blight, leaf spot and bacterial wilt. The soil organic amendments employed as control measure included leaves of Azadirachta indica, Delonix regia, poultry droppings and kitchen ash while the plant extracts that served as foliar sprays in control of these bacterial diseases were: neem seed (A. indica), ginger stem (Zingiber officinale) and bitter kola seed (Garcinia kola), water was used as a control while streptomycin sulphate served as a standard check. A. indica and D. regia leaves were first allowed to decompose before application as organic amendments. All the experiment was in a randomized complete block design (RCBD) and replicated three times. Results obtained showed that organic amendments sourced from kitchen ash improved growth of mungbean, sustained total pod yield and suppressed disease incidence and severity. Foliar spray trials results showed that A. indica was the best in enhancing growth, yield (seed weight) and most effective in reducing disease incidence and disease severity more than other plant extracts. Keywords: Organic amendment, plant extracts, botanicals, streptomycin sulphate. Return to Content View [Full Article – PDF] [Full Article – HTML] [Full Article – EPUB] Reference: Agugo, BAC and Opara, EU, (2008). Agro-ecological suitability assessment of the lowland rain forest belt of south eastern Nigeria for Mungbean production II temperature, relative humidity and wind. Green Farming Journal. 2(4):206-210. Balm, A, (2003): Neem: A Therapeutic for all seasons, current Science, 82 (11) June Pp 1304. Basandrai, AK, Gartan, SL, Basandrai D and Kalia, V, (1999). Blackgram (Phaseolus mungo) germplasm evaluation against different diseases. Indian J. Agric. Sci., 7: 506–8. Cheng, X, (1990). The 17th international Mungbean nursery in : Training report 9th Regional course in Mungbean production and research. Kasefart University Bangkok, Thailand. Pp11-16. Duke, JA, (1983). Handbook of legumes of World Economic Importance. Plenum press, New York. 221pp. Gould, DF, (2005): Diseases of oilseed crops, Department of plant pathology, CCS Haryana Agricultural Univeristy, Hisar, India. 474 pp. Koki, T and Tajul MD, (2003). The study of bacterial wilt of tomato suppressed by the poultry and farm yard manure and their high microbial activities. Vegetable Garden: pp144-152. Mayeux, A, (1992). Mungbean: Prospects for cultivation in Botswana. The bulletin of Agricultural research in Botswana. 8: 5-9. Messiaen, CM, (1992) Tropical Vegetable Garden: Principal for improving and increased production with application to the main vegetable types, 250pp. Onimawo, AI and Egbekun, KM, (1998) Comprehensive Food Science and Nutrition, Ambik press Ltd Benin City Edo state. Opeke, IK, (2006) Essential Crop Farming Spectrum Book Limited, 358pp. Pfleger FL, (2008). Bacterial leaf diseases of foliage plants, Plant pathoglogy, Regents of the University of Minesota. Shih, BL, (2005); Effect of bacterial leaf spot on yield and quality of market tomatoes. Horticultural science, 18: 67-70. Steel, R,C and Torre, TH, (1981) Principles and procedures of Statistics. Macmillan press, New York. Pg. 34. Thakur PR, PN Patel and JP Verma, (1997).Genetic relationship between reactions to bacterial leaf spot, yellow mosaic and Cercospora leaf spot diseases of mungbean (Vigna radiata L.). Euphytica, 26: 765–74 Varma, A, Dhar, AK and Mandal, B, (1992). MYMV transmission and control in India. In: S.K. Green and D. Kim (Ed.). Mungbean yellow mosaic disease. Proceedings of an international workshop, 2-3 July 1991, Bangkok, Thailand. AVRDC, Shanhua, Tainan, Taiwan. Publication No. 92-373. p. 8-27 Walter, ES, (1990): Vegetable Growing Handbook, Organic and Traditional Methods, Third Edition, Van Norstrand, New York. pp 228-233. Williams, Q, (2005). Control of Soil borne pathogens, Bio-integral Resource Centre (BIRC) Berkeley, California. 215-220.