What is it about?

This study examined the growth promotion potential of cumin plants treated with talc and glycerol-based phosphate solubilizing bacteria (PSB) consortia. Four PSB isolates were identified and applied to pot soil containing seven-day-old cumin seedlings in 15 treatments of single, dual, triple and quadruple combinations. Results showed that talc-based PSB consortial treatments improved height, dry weight, 100 seed weight and yield of the cumin plant, with the P11 treatment containing a consortium of K. pneumoniae MF351845, Erwinia sp. MF351846, and P. nitritireducens MF351919 producing the highest per-plant cumin seed yield of 0.42 g.

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Why is it important?

This study is important as it provides insight into how to help cumin plants, which typically have a poor germination and weak establishment rate, particularly under drought stress. The study found that inoculations of glycerol and talcum powder-based phosphate solubilizing bacteria (PSB) consortia can improve the growth and yield of cumin plants. This information is valuable for farmers and gardeners who are looking for ways to improve the yield of their cumin plants. Additionally, these findings could also be used to help other plants that have similar germination and establishment problems.


It is extremely beneficial for us to explore the potential of natural resources like cumin in aiding the growth of other plants. This study highlights the potential of using talc and glycerol-based phosphate solubilizing bacteria to promote the growth of cumin plants under drought stress. As a gardener, I am keen to explore the potential of these natural elements to help me grow healthy vegetables and herbs in my garden. The successful implementation of this study could provide an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to improve the yield of crops in challenging conditions.

Dr Anurag Yadav
Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University

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This page is a summary of: Comparative growth analysis of cumin plants (Cuminum cyminum L.) treated with glycerol and talc based phosphate solubilizing bacterial consortia, Journal of Applied and Natural Science, December 2022, ANSF Publications,
DOI: 10.31018/jans.v14i4.3859.
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