Assessment of interspecific competition between Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench and Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R.Br

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Syeda Asma Taskeen Syed Zahir Shah, Izhar Ahmad Sher Wali


Intercropping is practiced to maximise crops productivity and the, maximum use of the available resources of the plants. Usually, it is practiced for cooperation among the plants but plants also start competition with other plants. The stronger competitor may be more benefited. Therefore, care must be taken when intercropping is practiced. In this paper, interspecific competition between Abelmoschus esculentus L. Moench and Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R.Br. is reported. Various growth parameters were compared in monocropped and competitive conditions. The height of A. esculentus was less affected by P. glaucum when intercropped. The number of leaves and branches of A. esculentus were significantly higher in control as compared to competition. Number of flowers and fruits in A. esculentus were more in monocropped than for intercropped A. esculentus.

Keywords: Intercropping; Interspecific; Competition; Abelmoschus; Pennisetum

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