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Vegetative Propagation for Different Physiological Ages of Embelia Ribes Cuttings in Different Seasons

Author Affiliations

  • 1Tree Physiology Department, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA
  • 2Tree Physiology Department, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA
  • 3Tree Physiology Department, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA

Res. J. Agriculture & Forestry Sci., Volume 2, Issue (2), Pages 8-12, February,8 (2014)

Abstract

Embelia ribes Burm. f. is one of the red listed medicinal plant belongs to the family Myrsinaceae. This threatened medicinal plant valued for its thermogenic, carminative, depurative and laxative property. E.ribes is now reported as vulnerable due to over exploitation. The main threat of this plant is its unsustainable and indiscriminate harvesting for commercial purposes. The regeneration from seedling of this plant is very poor. Traditional propagation techniques are not successful in large scale production of this valuable species. Only accessible way for the conservation of this species is vegetative propagation through stem cutting. Exogenous application of IBA and NAA has a significant positive effect on the percentage of rooting. Rooting ability of cuttings was mostly influenced by the type of cutting, retention of leaves and time of the year in which cuttings were taken. Semi hardwood cuttings with two or three leaves, treated with IBA in 3000mg/l concentration in season I (January-April) appears to be a successful method for vegetative propagation (100% rooting) for producing sufficient number of propagules of this species. Significant increase in number of new root, leaves and shoots and length of roots was recorded in stem cuttings treated with 3000mg/l IBA.

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