Journal: Journal of Horticulture PDF
Published: 27 Jun 15 Volume: 2 Issue: 3 Pages: 001-004
DOI: 10.4172/2376-0354.1000150 ISSN: 2376-0354
Authors: Vishal D Shinde, Mahendra Kumar Trivedi and Shrikant Patil*
Citation: Shinde VD, Trivedi MK, Patil S (2015) Impact of Biofield Treatment on Yield, Quality and Control of Nematode in Carrots. J Horticulture 2: 150. doi:10.4172/2376-0354.1000150
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This study tested the Null Hypothesis for the effect of biofield treatment when used for control of nematode on carrot crops, Daucus carota, under typical growing conditions in year 2012 at Guadalupe, California, USA. Following biofield treatment, carrot seeds were planted in replicate plots with mechanical seeder and their development was recorded compared to control seed growth from untreated plots and plots treated with the commercial standard nematicide, further Vydate L was applied three times at rates of 1 and 0.5 gal/A, at 1, 18 and 35 days after seeding, respectively. At 70 and 109 days after the first application root galling severity in biofield treated crops was reduced by 54% and 22% respectively as compared to untreated while the Vydate response showed 0% and 25% control, respectively. Plots planted with biofield treated seeds resulted in the greatest number and weight of marketable carrot roots. Total yield and gross return were greatest in biofield treated group producing an approximately 33% increase over the untreated controls and 15% increase over those treated with the commercial standard, Vydate L. Vitamin A (beta carotene) was significantly greater (6512 IU/100 g) in biofield treated carrots compared with both the untreated controls (4941) and the commercial standard (5143). The results concluded that, Biofield treatment caused the numerical improvement in yield along with nematode control in carrots however, caused statistically significant increase in Vitamin A content.
The overall results indicated that biofield treated crops had improved overall immunity as compared to untreated crops, whereas the yield and quality of crop was numerically greater than both untreated crops as well as Vydate-treated crops. Although plant growth in terms of shoot length was not improved by the biofield treatment, the treatment was effective in its targets as an alternative to the chemical treatment, at the same time providing higher marketable yields of crop and gross return per acre besides better quality and higher vitamin A content. The shoot lengths in the plots which are treated with Vydate was significantly higher, however it was not directly proportional to the yield since biofield treatment produced more yields. It seems that Vydate treatment caused more vegetative growth on top of the soil but biofield treatment enhanced root growth which eventually produced more yields. In recent years demand of beta carotene has been increasing steadily because of its possible roles in the treatment of human diseases . In current studies effect of biofield treatment found significantly positive on Vitamin A content in carrots. The results indicated the ability of Daucus carota to respond to biofield treatment with improvement in yield, quality (vitamin A) and nematode control.
These results are consistent with studies already reported with other crops achieved through Biofield treatment, making it necessary that it is further investigated by science to determine the full scope and study the underlying mechanisms.