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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 7, Issue:7, July, 2018

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
Issues : 12 per year
Publisher : Excellent Publishers
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
Index Copernicus ICV 2018: 95.39
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(7): 3341-3350

Effect of Mulching on Cultivation, Weed Control and Moisture Conservation in Bitter Gourd (Momordica charantia L.)
Lovepreet Singh and Sukhwinder Singh Aulakh*
Department of Horticulture, School of Agriculture, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara (Punjab), India 144401
*Corresponding author

Bitter gourd is an important commercial vegetable crop not only in India but also in whole of south-east Asia. Its fruits contain several active compounds and have many medicinal uses as evident from old texts as well as its popularity in modern medicine. Due to limited irrigation facilities and stress on natural resources, getting high yields with minimal input is vital for agriculture in the current scenario and judicious selection and use of mulching can play a big role in water conservation. In order to access the role of mulching on growth, yield and quality traits of bitter gourd, a field experiment was conducted at the Experimental Farm of School of Agriculture of Lovely Professional University, Phagwara during the cropping season of March- July 2017. The experiment consisted of five treatments of different mulch materials (plastic, pebble, straw, FYM and control) applied to plots of bitter gourd variety Leena and treatments were assigned in a Randomized Complete Block Design with three replications. Data on plant growth, yield, earliness, weed growth, weed density and soil moisture conservation were recorded and analyzed with the SPSS package and charts and table were drawn in excel.

Keywords: Vitamin C, Moisture conservation, Juice percentage, Weed control.

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Lovepreet Singh and Sukhwinder Singh Aulakh. 2018. Effect of Mulching on Cultivation, Weed Control and Moisture Conservation in Bitter Gourd (Momordica charantia L.).Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(7): 3341-3350. doi:
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