Orobanche cernua control experiments with different composting methods



Although composting is known as a successful method for orobanche struggle, there has not been detailed research conducted about it. To fill the deficiency, purpose of this study is to determine the contribution of different composting methods in successful Orobanche cernua (Orobanche, broomrape) struggle. Accordingly, in flower pot tests, using phenolic compound, straw, burnt cow manure, burnt sheep manure, fermented poultry manure, olive cake (prina), legume green manure, waste tea leaf, municipal solid waste (MSW), bran, oak shavings, mycorrhiza (in monadic form or multiple mixtures with each other) at varying rates, 81 different combinations of composting tests were made the trial garden of the Botanic section in 2012-2014 seasons (between May-August). After testing, orobanche infection on sunflower roots belonging to control and experimental groups were counted directly and the data were recorded and the data were compared with statistical analyses. According to the results, it was ascertained that some composting methods with Quercetin hydrate as phenolic, straw+burnt cow manure, MSW+waste tea leaf, bran, olive cake (prina) achieved success. Furthermore, the environment-friendly, sustainable and practical features of method were emphasized. Additionally, it was specified that it could be improved to provide regular plant development in arid lands which have an intense orobanche attacks.


Sunflower, Orobanche, Broomrape, Compost, Straw, Olive manure, Poultry manure.

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