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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 5, Issue:12, December, 2016

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2016.5(12): 84-94

Intercrops Influence Mycorrhizal Symbiosis Development, Growth and Nutrient Uptake of Banana
Marie Solange Mandou1*, Souleymanou Adamou2, Dieudonne Nwaga3,and Francois-Xavier Etoa3
1Department of Agriculture, Faculty of Agronomy and agricultural Sciences, the University of Dschang, P.O. Box 222 Dschang, Cameroon
2Laboratory of Soil Microbiology, Biotechnology Centre, University of Yaoundé I P. O. Box 3851 Messa, Yaounde, Cameroon
3Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, University of Yaoundé I. P.O. Box 812 Yaoundé, Cameroon
*Corresponding author

A greenhouse study was conducted to investigate the impact of intercrops on the mycorrhizal symbiosis development, growth and nutrient uptake of banana.  Groundnut and sweet potato were raised as intercrops with banana. The banana in the intercropping system showed higher root colonization in terms of hyphae, Arbuscules and vesicules whatever the crop associated. Intercropping banana with groundnut did not affect banana growth. Contrarily, intercropping banana with sweet potato showed negative effects on banana growth. The concentration of minerals in banana shoot was affected by intercrops species. There was no interspecific competition between banana and groundnut for N and K uptake. However, P was negatively affected in banana shoot. N and P concentration was reduced in banana co-cultivated with sweet potato. These results show that intercropping can be used to improve mycorrhizal symbiosis activity in banana plantations. Moreover the choice of companion crops is the key for successful application of the system.

Keywords: Intercropping, Mycorrhizal symbiosis,growth,nutrient uptake, banana.

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Marie Solange Mandou, Souleymanou Adamou, Dieudonné Nwaga and François-Xavier Etoa. 2016. Intercrops Influence Mycorrhizal Symbiosis Development, Growth and Nutrient Uptake of Banana.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 5(12): 84-94. doi:
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